Incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau celebrate the Liberal Party's win in the 2015 Canadian federal election.

Justin Trudeau: ‘We beat negative, divisive politics with positive vision’

VIDEO: The Liberal Party leader and incoming Prime Minister delivered his victory speech from Montreal on Monday night.



The election was decided and called before 7 p.m. on Monday night, before polling stations closed in British Columbia.

The winning party? The Liberals. And the Prime Minister? Justin Trudeau, who surged from third to first in a 78-day election campaign and toppled the Conservative government under Stephen Harper, who announced after his defeat that he would be resigning as his party’s leader.

Read: ‘Election 2015: Liberal majority reaches into B.C.‘ by Tom Fletcher, Black Press (October 19, 2015)

At his party headquarters in Montreal, Trudeau’s backdrop was sprayed with his campaign’s slogan, Real Change Now, and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau joined him in victory, on stage after his speech.

“Canadians have spoken. You want a government with a vision and an agenda for this country this is positive, and ambitious, and hopeful,” he said, over a sea of supporters. “I promise you tonight that I will lead that government. I will make that vision a reality, I will be that prime minister.

“We beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together.”

The Liberals finished with 184 seats won, good enough for 54 per cent of Canada’s 338 and a majority government. The Conservatives, with 99 seats won, will form the official opposition, and the NDP finished third with 44 seats won.

The Bloc Quebecois won 10 seats, and leader Elizabeth May won the Green Party’s only seat, in her riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.

With the election decided, and with his Liberals in control of the majority of the House of Commons, Trudeau expected to being implementing the promises he has made to voters.

From The Canadian Press:

Trudeau will no doubt be riding on an electoral high from the 184 seats the Liberals captured – an increase of a whopping 149 ridings from the last election – but he will already be facing tough questions on how and when he will implement his plan.

He has said that the first piece of legislation his government would put forward is one to lower taxes for the middle class and raise taxes for the wealthiest Canadians.

Last night’s election saw the largest voter turnout in more than 20 years, reportedly, with 68.5 per cent of Canadians casting their ballots.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘A bag full of garbage every 15 metres’: Surrey industrial area filled with trash

Local workers looking to recruit business, raise funds to help dispose of litter

Survey suggests 83 per cent of Surreyites ‘favour a referendum’ on policing transition

Survey was conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights on behalf of the National Police Federation

Racist graffiti sparks Cloverdale man to renew calls for City to clean up street

Hate message the latest garbage dumped at the end of 176th Street

Brand new Tesla crashes into Surrey store front, mounts gas line

Driver was heading to the Autoplan store, straight off the lot

Surrey RCMP looking for missing 21-year-old

Police say Kenny Tran was last seen at around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 19

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

New Alberta forward joins Vancouver Giants’ ranks

new left-handed 18-year-old is a familiar face to Giants head coach Michael Dyck

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

Mugging with airsoft gun results in Langley school lockdown

Police found the weapon and a stolen phone later

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Chilliwack physiotherapist charged with sexual assault

Mounties urging other potential victims to make contact

Most Read