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‘We’ll govern for everyone’, says Canada PM Justin Trudeau after narrow win

“We will make life more affordable, we will continue to fight climate change, we will get guns off our streets”, Trudeau further said.

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Canadian incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party emerged victorious in the tightly contested general election and will return to power as a minority government, according to reports on Tuesday.

The opposition Conservatives are expected to win the popular vote but have not translated that into seats, the BBC reported.

They are projected to win 122, up from the 95 they held before.

Justin Trudeau has won a second term as prime minister of Canada, but in a narrow victory, that will mean he leads a minority government.

Early in the day, Trudeau said while speaking to cheering party leaders and followers at the Liberals headquarters in Montreal, “From coast to coast to coast, tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity. They voted in favour of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change”.

“We will make life more affordable, we will continue to fight climate change, we will get guns off our streets”, Trudeau further said.

“We seek hardship for none and prosperity for all,” he added.

Earlier on Monday, Trudeau’s Liberal Party-led in 146 out of 304 electoral districts that had reported results by about 10:30 pm Toronto time short of the 170 needed to secure a majority government.

Despite some early losses in Canada’s eastern provinces, the Liberals won in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario, giving them a second term in office. The party won a majority (184 seats) in the 2015 polls

Monday’s polls, which took place for 338 ridings or seats, were the country’s 43rd general elections to elect members of the House of Commons.

Speaking from his home district in Burnaby, British Columbia, Singh acknowledged some disappointing results but focused on the future, the BBC reported.

“When we get back to Ottawa, every single day that we’re in Parliament, New Democrats are going to be working hard to make sure your life is better, that Canadians’ life is better, that peoples’ lives are better,” he said.

Meanwhile, May called the results a “success for the party”. “We enter Parliament as the first caucus… that is two-thirds women. Just saying,” she added.

US President Donald Trump also congratulated Trudeau for “a wonderful and hard-fought victory”, saying Canada was “well served” by its leader.

His congratulations came despite the leaders’ rocky relationship.

Last year, Trump described Trudeau as “dishonest” and “weak” at the disastrous G7 meeting in Quebec.

(With inputs from agency)