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Here's how Canada and Donald Trump reacted to the federal election

Canada elected a Liberal minority government Monday night, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earning a reduced mandate and his party placing second in the popular vote.

U.S. President Donald Trump — also no stranger to winning elections with fewer votes than his main opponent — was quick to congratulate him.

Despite their differing political ideologies, Trump has frequently expressed affection for his Canadian counterpart, calling him "a very good guy."

The Liberals, who at 33.1 per cent of the national vote, trailed the Conservatives at 34.4 per cent, won the smallest percentage of the vote of any government elected in Canadian history.

Ironically, Trudeau promised in 2015 to change Canada's first-past-the-post election system, in order to reduce the distortions it places on the national vote.

He then backtracked and abandoned the promise, and on Tuesday night was the beneficiary of a system he previously said needed replacing.

One person imagined a universe where Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of former U.S. president George W. Bush, won every riding in Canada outside Quebec, while a francophone Jeb clone swept la belle province.

Others had more serious critiques for Canada's election system.

Nevertheless, fans of the Liberals on social media were quick to celebrate a #ScheerlessTuesday.

Scheer's Conservatives, meanwhile, dominated votes in the prairies, winning every seat in Saskatchewan and all but one in Alberta.

Early Tuesday morning, the hashtag #Wexit — a slang for Alberta separation — began trending on Twitter.

Alberta's conservative premier Jason Kenney — who has called Trudeau an "empty trust-fund millionaire who has the political depth of a finger bowl" and "one of the worst prime ministers for Alberta in our history" — has said it would be difficult for the province to work with another Trudeau government.

Meanwhile, many voters celebrated a poor showing by the right wing People's Party of Canada, formed last year by former Conservative cabinet minister Maxime Bernier.

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The PPC, which was accused of racism and xenophobia by political opponents, and even some of its own members, won no seats and a mere 1.6 per cent of the popular vote.

Bernier, who opposes government subsidies for the dairy industry, lost in his riding of Beauce, where he faced strong opposition from dairy farmers.

With a minority government on the horizon, most voters were just happy to see the end of a grueling campaign.

Hopefully it stays that way, at least for a little while.

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