Written by Tharushan Fernando
20 Oct, 2015 | 8:17 pm
Justin Trudeau will be Canada’s next prime minister after leading the Liberal Party to a stunning majority government win, dashing the hopes of Stephen Harper, who had been seeking his fourth consecutive mandate, but will now step down as party leader.
This will be the second time for Canada to be led by a Trudeau, as the 43-year-old Liberal leader follows in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as prime minister for almost 16 years before retiring in 1984.
The Liberals seized a Parliamentary majority, an unprecedented turn in political fortunes that smashed the record for the number of seats gained from one election to the next raising their share by 42%.
The Canadian Prime Minister elect, said:
Canadians have spoken, you want a government with a vision and with an agenda for this country that is positive and ambitious and hopeful,Well, my friends I promise you tonight that I will lead that government. I will make that vision the reality, I will be that prime minister.
Canadian elections work similarly to Sri Lanka’s, with voters electing MPs. The party with the most MPs elected then sends their party leader to become prime minister
One of Trudeau’s picks for his Liberal party was Gary Anandasangaree who won his electorate of Scarborough – Rouge park polling 60% of an electorate with just over 100,000 voters.
Former Consul General, Bandula Jayasekara said:
Liberals are coming into power after nine long years. They were very much in power and then Harper came.
He further noted:
I think what happened to the Liberal Party then was the anti-incumbancy. Harper was a strong leader then but it shows that nobody can rule for such a long time.
He went on to add:
It was nine long years where Harper ruled the Conservatives and the Conservatives ruled Canada. The Liberals are pro-immigrant, they are very supportive of immigrants so they have always voted for the Liberals, unlike the Conservatives. So that is where I would say Canada might be more open to lots of people coming from other countries and that’s the only change I would see.
He further stated:
Previously, as leader of the opposition, Justin Trudeau released a statement on Sri Lanka in May this year marking the anniversary of the end of the civil war where he stated that lasting peace had not been achieved in Sri Lanka but only time will tell if and how Sri Lanka’s relationship with far away Canada,with a Sri Lankan diaspora population of over 300,000, will change.
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