Liberals leader and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau withdraws from a rally in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, September 26, 2019.
Chris Helgren | Reuters
The ruling Liberals of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will form a minority government, predicted on Monday, after the closure of ballots across the country.
Liberals were leaders or elected in 146 of the 304 constituencies who reported results by about 1
The minority government in the 338-seat House of Commons will leave Labor in a weak position and needs the support of opposition parties on the left to push key pieces.
Before the vote, polls showed neck-race across the country as Trudeau, who took power as a charismatic figure promising "sunny roads", is fighting Conservative leader Andrew Scheer for the opportunity to form the next
Labor, 47, Liberal Party leader, was endorsed by former US President Barack Ob but in the last section of the campaign and is regarded as one of the last remaining progressive leaders in the major world democracies.
But he was shaken during the campaign by a scandal involving black surfaces and was concerned by critics that he was dealing with a corruption case involving a large Canadian construction company. Trudeau, the son of late Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, also had to overcome his government's sense of fatigue.
Trudeau, accompanied by his family, voted in Montreal on Monday after a nationwide sprint campaign in the last four days.
On Twitter, Trudeau repeatedly called on people to come out and vote. Turnout is crucial for liberals, who privately fear that low engagement will affect them more than conservatives.
"(The Government of Minorities) will force people to talk to each other about what we need," said Naomi Higgins, a 25-year-old Toronto voter who supported the Liberals four years ago, but went green with this election. "We must … start doing what is best for everyone, not what makes one or the other look their best."
The Greens were led or selected in one place while the separatist the Quebec block was led or elected through 33 locations in the province of Quebec.
Liberal campaign strategists say four Trudeau cabinet members could lose their parliamentary seats, including Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale, who is considered one of the heavyweights of the government.
The 70-year-old Godale is the only Liberal Member of Parliament in the western province of Saskatchewan, where Trudeau's anger is mounting over federal environmental policies that the energy industry says will hurt production.
The most lobbying group of the oil industry blames Trudeau's policies to reduce investment in the sector and some global energy companies have dumped assets in the oil sands area of Alberta, the country's main oil-producing province.
Canada's economy, however, is growing in 2019. The Canadian dollar was the best performing currency since the G10 this year, rising more than 4% relative to its US counterpart as the economy added steady-state jobs and inflation remained closed to 2% of Bank of Canada's target.