Explained: Why Jagmeet Singh Could Be Kingmaker In Canada Again
The Liberal Party of Canada won the most seats in Monday’s snap parliamentary election, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the bet to get the majority has failed.
The result is almost identical to that of 2019, and Trudeau, who has been Prime Minister since 2015, will have to continue to rely on other parties, including the left-wing New Democratic Party (NDP) of Jagmeet Singh and the party of Yves-François Blanchet. Bloc Québécois – pass a law and stay in power.
Explained: elections in Canada and results
Trudeau called the election more than two years ahead of schedule, saying he needed a clear mandate to guide Canada through the tail of the Covid-19 pandemic and the difficult economic recovery. Erin O-Toole’s Conservative-led opposition denounced the attempt to “take power,” and opinion polls showed the majority of Canadians did not believe the vote was necessary.
The latest results show Trudeau’s Liberals won or lead in 158 ridings, one more seat than they won in 2019, and below the 170 needed for a majority. The Conservatives won 119 seats.
The NDP, its current allies, won 25 seats – enough to continue to be the arbiter of case-by-case policy. The Bloc Québécois was to win 34 seats.
Jagmeet Singh won in Burnaby South, a federal electoral district in British Columbia where more than 70 percent of people identify as a visible minority. His party, however, did worse than in 2019, when it won 44 seats.
The NDP has said it will support the Trudeau government on a range of social and environmental issues, but keep the pressure on progressive issues, including student loan forgiveness and climate change.
“We will continue to fight for you the same way we fought for you during the pandemic,” Singh said, according to a report by Canadian channel CTV News. “We will continue to fight to make sure the super-rich pay their fair share… so the burden does not fall on you and your families. “
One of the main promises of Singh’s campaign was to tax the ultra-rich. He told CTV that one of his priorities once the new government is formed will be to ensure billionaires pay their fair share of the cost of the pandemic.
A former criminal lawyer, Singh was born and raised in Canada. He won his first election in 2011 and quickly rose to popularity for his progressive politics, charismatic personality and flamboyant dress style.
He became leader of the NDP in 2017 and has repeatedly expressed his ambition to run for prime minister.
Singh’s relationship with India has been complicated. His pro-Khalistan stance and vocal support for the Punjab’s right to self-determination has repeatedly placed it in controversy. Singh accused India of having “launched a genocidal campaign against the Sikh minority” in the past and presented a resolution in the Ontario assembly to characterize the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 as “genocide”.
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