Justin Trudeau, Canada's 23rd Prime Minister

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In a historic election win, Liberal Party won the 42nd Federal Election with 184 seats out of 338 seats.

Stephen Harper's Conservative Party won 99 seats, Tom Muclair's NDP 44 seats, Gilles Duceppe's Bloc Québécois won 10 seats and Green Party's Elizabeth May won her own seat.

Justin Trudeau’s victory speech

“The election campaign lasted 11 weeks, or 78 days,  one of the longest in the country's history”, according to The Canadian Press, “only Canada's first two election campaigns were longer. The 1867 campaign lasted 81 days, while the 1872 campaign went for 96 days.”

“In those early days voting was staggered across the country over a period of several months, necessarily extending the length of the campaigns. Since then, the longest campaign was 74 days, way back in 1926”, the report continues.

The election was the longest in history.

The Canadian Press reported:

“Due to legislation passed last year by the Harper government, campaign spending limits for parties and candidates will increase by 1/37th for every day longer than 37 days.

Even had this campaign lasted just the minimum length, it was already on target to be the costliest in history, with spending limits of about $25 million for each party running a full slate of candidates and an average of about $100,000 for each candidate. Those limits will more than double for an 11-week campaign.

That gave a tremendous advantage to Harper's Conservative party as its candidates have raised more money than any other party.

Elections Canada estimates that a five-week campaign would cost about $375 million to administer. A longer campaign will mean the agency must pay untold millions more to rent office space, furniture and equipment for returning officers in each of the country's 338 ridings and for staff in those offices.

Taxpayers will also foot the bill for much larger rebates to parties and candidates, who receive reimbursements for 50 per cent and 60 per cent, respectively, of their eligible election expenses.”

The voter turnout was 68.5% of eligible voters, marking the highest since 1993. In Ottawa area, voter turnout was 78.4%.




Vol. 12 - No. 3


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