Ottawa, October 20: Cada voted in its first new leader in 10 years, as a general election handed Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party an absolute majority — and a stunning blow to incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Liberals had collapsed to just 34 seats and third place in the 2011 election. But they were leading in almost 190 constituencies by early Tuesday morning, taking from both the New Democratic Party (NDP) and Harper’s Conservatives party, the tiol Post reported.
By 1.00 a.m. the Liberals were leading in 184 districts, with the Conservatives at 102, the NDP 41, the Bloc Quebecois 10 and Greens one. Trudeau, 46, son of late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, stressed the power of positive election campaigning and its potential to change how Cadians view public service.
“You can appeal to the better angels of our tures, and you can win while doing it,” he said. “We beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work, we beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Cadians together.” After three terms as prime minister, Harper, 56, indicated to his party that he would be stepping down as leader of the Conservatives, though remaining as an MP. (IANS)