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In Canada election Liberals head for historic victory


Canada’s opposition Liberal Party is heading for a big victory in general elections, ending nine years of Conservative rule, early results show.
The Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, are leading in 191 electoral districts.
The son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is now poised to form a majority government, Canada’s CBC and CTV networks predict.Incumbent Conservative PM Stephen Harper – who was fighting for a fourth term – is leading in 104 districts.
But the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) looks set to lose a third of the 54 seats it held in the last parliament, according to CBC
To form a majority government, a party needs 170 seats in the 338-member parliament.
Voting hours were staggered across the country and polls opened in Newfoundland at 08:30 local time (11:00 GMT). Polls closed in the west of the country at 19:00 (02:00 GMT).
It was one of the longest and possibly closest election campaigns in Canada’s history, with leaders criss-crossing the country to try to sway undecided voters.
Early counts in the eastern provinces show the Liberals ahead in all 32 seat races there.
As the results began pouring in, former Conservative Justice Minister Peter MacKay said: “A sea of change here. We are used to high tides in Atlantic Canada. This is not what we hoped for.”
The Conservatives are now in danger of losing all 13 seats they held in Atlantic Canada in 2011.
In a remarkable turnaround, the Liberals – who held only 36 seats before the election – are now expected to form a majority cabinet.
Mr Trudeau, 43, started the race in third place but the Liberals took the lead in opinion polls in a late surge.
He has campaigned on a promise of change, urging voters ahead of the polling day to “come together as a country”.
Mr Trudeau’s father, Pierre, is considered the father of modern Canada.
Mr Harper, 56, portrayed himself as the steady hand who could steer Canada’s troubled economy back on track.
His campaign ran TV advertisements saying that Mr Trudeau was “just not ready” to take office.
“Every single vote for a Conservative candidate is a vote to protect our economy against Liberal and NDP deficits and taxes,” Mr Harper told supporters in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Sunday.
As polls opened, he tweeted that a vote for the Conservatives would “protect Canadian jobs and our economy”. – BBC News


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