Canada’s Liberal leader Justin Trudeau rode a late campaign rush to a stunning election victory on Monday, toppling Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives having a promise of change and returning a little charm, youth and glamor to Ottawa.
The Liberals seized a Parliamentary majority, an unprecedented turn that smashed the record for the number of seats gained from one election to another. The Liberals had been a distant third area party in Parliament.
Harper conceded defeat, ending his government’s nine-year run in power and the 56-year old’s type of financial and cultural conservatism.
Trudeau, 43, the photogenic son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, vowed to run a C$10 billion yearly budget deficit for three years to purchase infrastructure and help arouse Canada’s anemic economic growth.
This rattled financial markets ahead of the vote and the Canadian dollar weakened on news of his victory.
Trudeau has said he’ll fix the trendy relationships in Canada with the Obama administration, withdraw Canada from the combat mission against Islamic State militants in favor of training and humanitarian aid, and handle climate change.
Trudeau vaulted to direct the polls in the campaign’s final days, overcoming Conservative assaults where he grew up as a young child that he’s too inexperienced to regulate to go back to the Prime Minister’s residence in Ottawa.
“When the time for change hits, it’s lethal,” former Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney said in a television interview. “Prime ran and was successful because I was not Pierre Trudeau. Justin is successful because he’s not Stephen Harper.”
The Conservatives were projected to become the official opposition in Parliament, with the left-leaning New Democratic Party. Liberal assistants in the campaign headquarters of the party broke into cheers and whistles when television projected that Trudeau could be the next prime minister.