TORONTO: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a third term in Canada's snap election, however failed to regain the majority he was seeking.
Trudeau's Liberal Party was elected or leading in 156 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons as of 1:40 a.m. Tuesday in Ottawa, little changed from the last vote in 2019.
A party will have to win at least 170 out of 338 seats in Canada's House of Commons to form a majority government.
Trudeau won comfortably from his riding of Papineau in Quebec, while the Liberals were leading or had won 156 seats and the Conservatives had 123 in the Canadian elections.
In the 2019 general elections, Justin Trudeau's Liberals had won 157 seats while the Conservatives had secured 121.
In a message to voters who seemed unhappy with the decision to call snap elections, he said in French, "I've heard you, you don't want to be talking politics or elections anymore."
The PM said the voters had given his government "clear direction" and that it was "ready" to deliver on a number of issues, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the economy, climate change and Indigenous reconciliation.
The 49-year-old channelled the star power of his father, the Liberal icon and late prime minister Pierre Trudeau when he first won election in 2015 and now appears to have led his party to the top finish in two elections since.