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Canada has a new Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau

Canada has a new Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau won the Canadian election 2015 today on 2015-10-19, which happens to be just one day after his late father's birthday. His father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister between 1968 and 1979 and between 1980 and 1984, was born on 1919-10-18.

Justin Trudeau's Liberals won over 180 of the 338 seats in the Canadian House of Commons, gaining a majority.

Right from the start, the Liberals ran third in popular support behind the ruling Conservatives and the Official Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) but Mr. Trudeau insisted on running a campaign of positive, upbeat change whereas incumbent PM Stephen Harper based his entire campaign painting his opponents as inexperienced leader who will kill the economy while offering little vision for the future of the country.

In his victory speech, Mr. Trudeau reminded Canadians that "the Conservatives are not our enemies, they are our neighbours" and he reminded the NDP supporters that it wasn't long ago that they [the Liberals] were in the same situation, and advised the NDP not to be discouraged.

Justin Trudeau has turned out to be much more classier and diplomatic that many had expected.

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John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald
I was hoping for a minority but Harper and Mulcair betrayed me. Harper seems to have thought the split to his left would let the Conservatives go up the middle, so he didn't need to have positive policies to appeal to the centre. Then Mulcair announced he was going to balance the budget, which I think drove a lot of lefties (like me) to the centre (along with the Red Tories). If Mulcair had stopped smiling all the time the NDP would have done better, too.
23 months ago. Edited 23 months ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to John FitzGerald
Funny you should say that, John, for I also felt Mr. Mulcair would have done much better had he just be his natural persona "Angry Tom". His forced, uneasy smiles seem rather fake to me, and remind me of Mr. Harper. In the end, I think the electorate felt that Mr. Trudeau has far more charisma and passion and is "truer" and more honest than the other two.
22 months ago.
John FitzGerald has replied to Canadian Pacific
You've clarified how I feel, Swire. Thanks. I was bothered that Mulcair's smile was so pasted-on that he looked insincere and often eerily odd. Now that you mention it, I think you're right he would have been better to be Angry Tom.
22 months ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great capture of an Election 2015 image. Good luck to the incoming Prime Minister and Canada in addressing the challenges and realizing the opportunities that lie ahead.
23 months ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Don Sutherland
Thank you Don! We elected a new Prime Minister for the first time in almost a decade, so we hope to see some positive, fresh change.
22 months ago.
Mr. Low Notes
Mr. Low Notes
Well I would say Canada certainly has the best looking leader in the world right now. I wish Justin and Canada the best. I wonder who we here in the US will wind up with next year....?
22 months ago.
John FitzGerald has replied to Mr. Low Notes
I think Donald Trump would take exception to that best-looking leader in the world claim, Mr. LN.
22 months ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to John FitzGerald
But then Donald would be much more entertaining than Trudeau. No one can beat Trump in the drama-queen department.
22 months ago.
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific
And Mr. Trudeau is exactly three months younger than me, to the day. I think I'm jealous!
22 months ago.