Justin Trudeau is set to become the new Prime Minister of Canada – the first new leader to be elected in almost a decade. The results were declared as soon as the Liberal Party won 170 seats – the minimum required for a majority – while voting was still going on in some places.
Trudeau’s campaign has been widely appreciated and has been instrumental in ushering in the victory, supported by heavy anti-conservative sentiment. From one of the least popular candidates, his rise to victory has been no easy feat. He emphasised that Canada has not voted for him, but for his vision.
“We beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together,” he said.
“Most of all we defeated the idea that Canadians should be satisfied with less, and that better isn’t possible. My friends, this is Canada, where better is always possible.”
Mr. Harper graciously accepted defeat and stepped down as leader for the Conservatives but has indicated that he shall continue to be a member of the parliament. The position regarding Mulcair, the leader of NDP, is not so certain. After NDP’s devastating defeat, many have suggested that he may step down as leader, but no such intimation has been received from him.
Trudeau’s first stop on the day after elections was to greet commuters on the Montreal subway and thank them for voting for him. Surprised and elated, the riders took photos with him and created quite a buzz on social networks.