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What Justin Trudeau’s Defeat Means for the United States

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The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party fell short of a majority, but its defeat is not expected to lead to major changes at the head of Canada’s second-largest country.

The people have spoken and it is a strong, decisive and unified message to Canadians: Never again will we allow our democracy to be blackmailed and our values to be mocked by a small number of extremists and dangerous men. — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 27, 2018

Mr. Trudeau’s victory, however, still leaves him with a 50.5 percent majority of seats in the House of Commons, while his opponent Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party came in with 38.1 percent.

Mr. Trudeau’s Liberals have been in power since 2015 after four years of a minority government under former prime minister Stephen Harper, who the current prime minister boycotted as “a member of the Stephen Harper regime”.

Although it is Mr. Trudeau’s second defeat in five years, the results of the 2019 election are still considered to be very good for the prime minister.

The majority government ended speculation that Mr. Trudeau’s alliance with US President Donald Trump could bring the Liberal Party down.

This is also good news for U.S. ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, who has been an advocate for the prime minister in recent months.

The steady growth of Mr. Trudeau’s Liberal Party for the past few years has not produced clear long-term results for the country, however.

Although the Liberals won 37.9 percent of the seats in the 2015 election, the party’s commitment to liberal policies did not lead to Canada’s growth and infrastructure spending, which was one of the major policies advocated by Mr. Trudeau.

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