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With the Conservative Party winning the popular vote, and most parties maintaining their seats with either incremental or lateral changes, the Liberal Party has formed a minority government in the House of Commons by winning 158 ridings.

While mail-in ballots are still being counted, which may make a difference in a few BC ridings, most news outlets had projected a Liberal government before polls closed on the west coast.

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Opposition Conservative party members have secured 119 seats, the Bloc Québécois has 34, the NDP has 25, and the Green Party has 2.

While very little changed compared to the 2019 election, there are small differences that are worth noting in BC.

In Nanaimo-Ladysmith, incumbent Green MP Paul Manly is trailing behind both the NDP candidate, Lisa Marie Barron, and Conservative candidate, Tamara Kronis, who are in a tight race to win the Nanaimo-Ladysmith seat in the House.

On the mainland, Vancouver-Granville, the former riding of Jody Wilson-Raybould, is in a deadlock between the NDP candidate, Anjali Appadurai, and the Liberal candidate, Taleeb Noormohamed.

Each are toggling between 33% and 34% and a recount will most definitely be needed to assure the winner.

All federal party leaders secured seats in their ridings with the exception of People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul. ,

Bernier lost his seat for the second time in Beauce, Quebec, and Paul failed to win a seat in Toronto-Centre, coming fourth in standings.

Former Green Party leader Elizabeth May held the same seat she has since 2011, in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands, and Erin O’Toole held on to his seat in Durham, Ontario.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh won in his riding of Burnaby South.

Last night, Prime Minister Trudeau took to the podium to acknowledge his minority government win.

“I hear you when you say that you just want to get back to the things you love, to not worry about this pandemic or about the election, that you just want to know that your members of parliament of all stripes will have your back through this crisis, and beyond,” Trudeau said.

“The moment we face demands real important change, and you have given this parliament, and this government, clear direction.”

Trudeau concluded by echoing his platform and promises made during the election, including 10$ a day childcare, affordable housing, green jobs, reconciliation, and investments for the middle class.

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