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Round Two for Trudeau

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Amal Siddiqi, Grade 11

Thirty-six days and $600 million dollars later, Justin Trudeau, the 44th Prime Minister of Canada has been re-elected in an almost identical position as his first election. From the untimely call of this election, it’s safe to assume that Trudeau and his team felt confident in their ability to once again win over Canada. Even through a rollercoaster of voting results, and shocking statistics from Canadians, Trudeau managed to pull through this maniacal event, coming out with another victory.

At the beginning of his campaign, the numbers were high, and the road to a successful re-

election appeared to be straight and clear. As the days went on, the support for the Liberal candidate in numbers seemed to falter. Whether it was from voter anger due to calling an election during a health crisis, or the lingering memories of Trudeau's controversial past, Canadians showed that there were other parties they saw faith in. In a progressive province such as British Columbia, Canadians saw some not so surprising results there. The NDP party, a fairly new and somewhat small party, found themselves with an almost equal number of seats as the Conservatives and Liberals. At many points the opposition, Erin O’Toole, showed Canadians just how close he could come to winning, but in the end O’Toole fell short by a mere 40 seats (CBC News).

Just like the last seven Canadian elections, the polls concluded that there would be a minority government. So what exactly do Canadians think about this? Well frankly, many of them don’t

have an opinion. Results show that many Canadians did not bother researching and following the news regarding the 2021 elections. Interviews conducted by CP24 from Canadians

showed that a lot of Canadians have found themselves to be too wrapped up in other worldly matters to pay attention to this election. In a poll they conducted, results showed that 49% of the candidates who voted said they had already made up their minds before the campaigns had begun. This means that before understanding each party's opinions and plans, many Canadians had mentally locked in their votes (Bryden, CP24 News). Five percent of those same candidates reported that they didn’t pay attention to the debates, and didn’t use them as a source when deciding who to vote for (Bryden, CP24 News). Furthermore, out of the participants who didn’t vote, 29% said they were simply uninterested in taking part in an election, while another 24% said they didn’t believe their vote would make a difference (Bryden, CP24 News).

Is it possible that the COVID-19 pandemic swayed the results of this election? It’s not too out of the box to think that in such a hectic time like this Canadians didn’t have the proper opportunity to research all the candidates. Perhaps there was some merit in Trudeau's decision to call an election. After all, it did work in his favour ever so slightly.

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