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.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2019
Despite their differing political ideologies, Trump has frequently expressed affection for his Canadian counterpart, calling him "a very good guy."
CBC calls a Liberal minority, which also happens to be Trudeau's favourite costume! #elxn43— 22Minutes (@22_Minutes) October 22, 2019
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.
How “strong” a minority is this? The Liberals won just 33 per cent of the popular vote. That’s not only won a smaller share of the popular vote than the Tories: it’s the smallest vote share of any government, majority or minority, in the history of the country.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) October 22, 2019
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.
To promise electoral reform and then not deliver and then win a plurality of the seats without winning a plurality of the votes seems like an mirror universe O Henry story #cdnpoli #elxn43— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) October 22, 2019
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.
Bloc Jébécois pic.twitter.com/vIc7vCs8ES— Boldesero 😎🇧🇷 (@Hezbolsonaro) October 22, 2019
Others had more serious critiques for Canada's election system.
The Liberals won a strong minority (in fact a near majority) on the basis of system that is very anti-democratic, indeed becoming more so as parties proliferate. https://t.co/9oTg0Wrv28— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 22, 2019
Nevertheless, fans of the Liberals on social media were quick to celebrate a #ScheerlessTuesday.
#ScheerlessTuesday you say?— Irene (@ReenieDiva) October 22, 2019
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.
I understand the frustration, but immediately wanting to separate from Canada after the party you support loses is the childhood equivalent of shutting off the Nintendo, taking your controller and going home when your team gets scored on. #wexit #elxn43— Ryder (@ryderfm) October 22, 2019
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.
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.
Maxime Bernier loses his SEAT AND IM CRACKING THE BUBBLES 🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂— Kathleen Edwards (@kittythefool) October 22, 2019
Bernier, who opposes government subsidies for the dairy industry, lost in his riding of Beauce, where he faced strong opposition from dairy farmers.
Dairy farmers celebrating in Beauce tonight. pic.twitter.com/uPuDOXZGIm— Sean Craig (@sdbcraig) October 22, 2019
With a minority government on the horizon, most voters were just happy to see the end of a grueling campaign.
I’m really glad that’s over— Matt Gurney (@mattgurney) October 22, 2019
Hopefully it stays that way, at least for a little while.
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