"From coast to coast to coast, tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity. They voted in favor of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change," he said. "We will make life more affordable, we will continue to fight climate change, we will get guns off our streets." Trudeau, the Liberal leader, and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer were the two top contenders in Monday's competitive general election. More than 300 parliamentary seats were up for grabs. Health care, the climate crisis and the cost of living reportedly are voters' top issues. Trudeau, 47, picked up a key endorsement last week from former president Barack Obama but the Prime Minister has faced a difficult campaign after revelations that he wore blackface in the past. He said he didn't know how many times he put the racist makeup on.
Trudeau was previously sworn in as prime minister in November 2015. He is the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and is the first child of a Canadian prime minister to be elected to the office. He managed to awaken the 'Trudeaumania' that brought his late father to power in the 1960s.
Scheer has tried and failed to capitalize on the scandal and criticism of Trudeau. But neither his negative emphasis nor his polices have engaged voters. Scheer is fiscally and socially conservative, offering the promise of a stable government with tax cuts and balanced budgets.
During the campaign, Scheer disclosed that he is an American citizen, with dual nationality in Canada and the United States. He said he is in the process of renouncing his American citizenship. Dual nationality does not legally disqualify someone from running for Prime Minister.
Some disenchanted voters have moved on from Trudeau and settled on New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh as an option. Singh has advocated for climate action and a government-funded drug program for everyone. He is a practicing Sikh whose colorful turbans illustrate the country's changing complexion.
Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party and Bloc party leader Yves-François Blanchet, a Quebec separatist, are on the ballot as well.