On the brink of forming a majority government, Trudeau said Canadians have “sent a clear message tonight calling for a change”.
The Conservatives who have ruled for nine years and with PM Stephen Harper, 56, at the helm, has already congratulated Trudeau, 43, saying the Conservatives would accept the results “without hesitation”. The Conservatives are leading in 103 districts.
“The Liberals beat fear with hope, cynicism with hard work. Most of all the idea that Canadians should be satisfied with less has been defeated,” said Trudeau. Praising Harper for service to the country, Trudeau said this what positive politics does.
Justin Trudeau campaigned as a candidate of change, and his party is poised to hand the incumbent Conservatives one of the worst defeats in their history.
Son of former PM Pierre Trudeau, who is considered the father of modern Canada, he started on election campaign with a promise of change, urging voters (on polling day) to “come together as a country”.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) is on course to win 41 seats, less than half the number they held in the outgoing parliament. “I congratulate Trudeau on his achievement,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair.
To form a majority government, a party needs 170 seats in the 338-member parliament. As the results began pouring in, former Conservative minister Peter MacKay said: “We are used to high tides in Atlantic Canada. This is not what we hoped for.”
The Conservatives might lose all 13 seats they held in Atlantic Canada in 2011. The Liberals control more seats in Quebec than they’ve had in a generation, dealing a crushing blow to the New Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, The mood at Liberal Party headquarters in Montreal has gone from excitement to pure jubilation, as the crowd continuous to cheer win after win.