Canada’s Trudeau retains power in polls

first_imgThe vote showed a divided country withthe defeated Conservatives winning the popular vote, while a separatist BlocQuebecois made big strides in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec. Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau wave to supporters after the federal election at the Palais des Congres in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Oct. 22. REUTERS/CARLO ALLEGRI Trudeau, who took power in 2015 as acharismatic figure promising “sunny ways,” saw his popularity drop over oldphotos of him in blackface and his handling of a corporate corruption case. Hewill now have to rely on the New Democratic Party to push through keylegislation.  The Liberals had won or were leadingin 156 out of 338 seats on Monday’s vote, according to Elections Canada. Thatput the Liberals far short of the 170 seats needed for a second straightmajority government.center_img MONTREAL – Canadian Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau’s Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election butwere reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliamentof a smaller left-leaning party. Ahead of the vote, opinion pollsshowed a tight race between Trudeau and his main rival, Conservative leaderAndrew Scheer.(Reuters)last_img