Canada - 2015 Elections - Trudeau / Liberal
On August 02, 2015 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper dissolved parliament and set an election for 19 October 2015. Harper and his Conservative party were seeking a fourth term in office after nearly a decade in power. Harper had gradually pushed his generally center-left country toward more conservative policies, lowering taxes, supporting the oil industry against environmental attacks and increasing military spending. If the 56-year-old Harper won, he would be the first prime minister to win four consecutive elections in more than a century.
Harper and his Conservative party were seeking a fourth term in office after nearly a decade in power. But they will face a tough campaign against the opposition New Democrat party and its leader, Tom Mulcair, as the country struggles to cope with a declining economy and the global plunge in the price of oil, a major Canadian export. New Democratic Party (NDP) chief Thomas Mulcair pulled ahead of the political pack, with the federal election less than three months away.
Mulcair is a political warhorse who emerged from the Quebec Liberal provincial party cabinet to become leader of the official opposition federal NDP. Attempts to portray him as pandering to the dying, if not altogether dead, Quebec separatist movement have gained no traction.
The Conservatives had been almost exclusively targeting Justin Trudeau since 2013, when he became leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He attracted most of the media attention and adulation - he had youthful good looks, great hair, charm, and as the first-born son of the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau - arguably Canada's most beloved prime minister of the late 20th century - the family brand name. The polls reflected his popularity.
But this turned out to be thin gruel. Which is why Conservative ads stressed Trudeau's lack of experience, and how he is "just not ready". Another reason lay in a Conservative determination to destroy the Liberals forever and Harper's visceral loathing of the Pierre Trudeau legacy.
Harper had gradually pushed his generally center-left country toward more conservative policies, lowering taxes, supporting the oil industry against environmental attacks and increasing military spending. If the 56-year-old Harper won, he would be the first prime minister to win four consecutive elections in more than a century.
Canadians voted for parliament October 19, 2015 in elections that could halt Prime Minister Stephen Harper's bid for a fourth term and instead install Justin Trudeau, the son of the country's former charismatic leader. Polls released on 18 October 2015 showed Trudeau's Liberal party leading Harper's Conservatives by a margin of 38 percent to 31 percent, with the New Democrats at 21 percent.
Trudeau promised a change from nine years of Harper's rule, including a boost of billions of dollars in infrastructure spending and improving relations with the United States. But Trudeau's opponents cast him as inexperienced and not ready for the job. He was elected to parliament in 2008, two years after Harper became prime minister.Trudeau's father, Pierre, retired from politics in 1984 after serving as prime minister for most of the previous 16 years.
Justin Trudeau would become Canada's next prime minister after leading his Liberal Party to a commanding victory in parliamentary elections. Results provided by Canada's election commission show the Liberals winning 184 seats in the 338-seat Parliament, compared to the 99 seats won by outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party. The left-leaning New Democratic Party, once considered the front-running party early in the 11-week campaign, finished a distant third with 44 seats. Canada got a new prime minister 04 November 2015 as Justin Trudeau was sworn into office on a pledge to bring a very different government than the country had during almost 10 years under former leader Stephen Harper.
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