WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- US President Donald Trump congratulated Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his second-term win at Canada’s parliamentary elections.
- Following Monday’s elections in Canada, Trump congratulated Trudeau on “a wonderful and hard fought victory.”
- Trudeau had become a beacon of hope for liberals in 2015, but the recent election has the Liberal Party losing the majority.
US President Donald Trump congratulated Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday following his second-term win at Canada’s parliamentary elections.
Ever since 1935, a first-term Canadian prime minister with a parliamentary majority has not lost a bid for re-election.
Trump tweeted after midnight Tuesday: “Congratulations to @JustinTrudeau on a wonderful and hard fought victory. Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!”
But according to the CBC’s projection, the Liberal Party will not win the majority and will therefore rely on another party to pass legislation.
Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, stated, “It’s way better than I expected. It was conceivable that the Liberals would lose. Trudeau is going to have to command a caucus that will not be as grateful than it was in 2015. A lot of them will say ‘Look we won but not because of you.’”
During his re-election campaign, Trudeau had faced several controversies — including pictures that showed him wearing brownface and blackface. The prime minister has since apologized.
And earlier this year, a scandal erupted when his former attorney general said he pressured her to halt the prosecution of a Quebec company. Trudeau had explained that he was standing up for jobs, but it had already caused him a significant drop in ratings.
Trudeau’s opponent, Andrew Scheer, had been described by his colleagues as bland — a stark contrast to Trudeau’s flash. Scheer had labeled Trudeau a phony for not being able to recall how many times he has worn blackface.
Former US President Barack Obama, perhaps sensing Trudeau was in trouble, made an unprecedented endorsement when he urged Canadians to re-elect Trudeau. Obama described him as a hard-working and effective leader who takes on global issues like climate change.
Obama tweeted, “The world needs his progressive leadership now.”
Trudeau had become a beacon of hope for liberals in the Trump era when he reasserted the country’s liberal identity in 2015 — after almost 10 years of Conservative rule. In 2017, he graced the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine headlined “Why Can’t He Be Our President?”
Source: FOX News