Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in a stronger-than-expected showing in Canada’s national elections, claiming a “clear mandate” Tuesday despite a Parliament and nation increasingly fractured along regional lines. [...]
With results still trickling in, the Liberals had 157 seats — 13 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons — while the Conservatives had 121.
The following result is quite stunning:
While Trudeau claimed a mandate, his party won fewer raw votes nationally than the Conservatives did, and failed to win a single seat in the western provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, where the Conservatives dominated.
So, Trudeau's Liberals got:
- 13.7% of the vote in Alberta.
- 11.6% of the vote in Saskatchewan.
- fewer national votes than the Conservatives.
Those two provinces must really loath Trudeau. For reference, Conservatives got 69.2% in Alberta and 64.3% in Saskatchewan.