Canada – Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau postpones further elections

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Trudeau and Singh in September Image: AFP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has postponed new elections for the time being. The Liberals announced a deal with the smaller left-liberal party NDP.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has postponed new elections for the time being. The Liberals on Tuesday announced a deal with the left-liberal minor party NDP. The Liberals and the NDP are not forming a formal alliance, but want to advance their “common goals” with joint votes in parliament.

Trudeau’s Liberals won the third general election in a few years last September, but did not have the same steady majority as before. Along with the NDP, both parties hold 184 of the 338 seats in parliament.

Previous minority governments in Canada had mostly lasted no more than half of the legislative term. With the support of the NDP, Trudeau now expects to continue ruling until 2025.

“With so much instability all around us, what Canadians need is stability,” Trudeau said. There were several points of agreement between his liberals and the NDP. They now wanted to work together “in key policy areas where we have common goals”.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said, “In these extremely uncertain and difficult times, Canadians look to us to come together.” “No one is to any advantage when increasing polarization and a dysfunctional parliament get in the way of Canada’s goals.”

The interim leader of the opposition Tories, Candice Bergen, described the coalition between the Liberals and the NDP as “a strident attempt by Trudeau to stay in power” and criticized “socialism through the backdoor”.

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