Canadians choose Justin Trudeau as their new leader

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party wins Canada’s general election, ends nine years of conservative rule

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Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau, the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party has won the election on Monday by defeating the conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and will be Canada’s next prime minister.

On Monday, early results demonstrated that the liberals obtained all 32 seats in the country’s Atlantic provinces, doubling their popular support in the region, making Trudeau the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history. 

Trudeau, 43, son of former Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau jumped from third place and was leading in the polls towards the last days of the campaign, which lasted for 11 weeks and became the most expensive and longest running campaign in more than 140 years.

Trudeau has pledged to reduce taxes for the middle class, increase taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent and improve government deficits to boost Canada’s slow economy. Moreover, Trudeau supports the Keystone XL pipeline, which would send more than 800,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil to Nebraska.

"We have a chance to bring real change to Canada and bring an end to the Harper decade," Trudeau said on Monday.

Former Justice Minister, Peter MacKay who resigned in May, said in a television interview "These are not the results we were hoping for in Atlantic Canada." 

He added: "The Conservative Party is resilient ... and we'll be around to govern again."

The conservatives won 38 percent of the vote, to the liberals 26 percent, with 19 percent for the New Democratic Party in the 2011 elections.

Trudeau, pledged that he will improve the relations between Canada and US, combat against ISIS militants, handle climate change and provide humanitarian aid.

TRTWorld and agencies