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In pictures: Justin Trudeau to retain power in Canada despite not winning majority

Updated : 2019-10-22 14:14:43

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will remain in power but with a minority government that will require the support of a smaller left-leaning party after a hard-fought election in which he was dogged by scandals. Trudeau's Liberal Party was projected to win the most seats in Parliament, giving it the best chance to form a government. Still, the Liberals were poised to fall short of a majority, meaning they will have to rely on an opposition party to stay in power. This situation will put the spotlight on New Democratic Party (NDP) and its leader Jagmeet Singh, whose parents hail from Punjab, India. Trudeau was hurt by a scandal that erupted earlier this year when his former attorney general said he pressured her to halt the prosecution of a Quebec company suspected of wrongdoing, the debacle has come to be known as SNC-Lavalin affair. Trudeau has said he was standing up for jobs, but the damage gave a boost to the Conservative Party. Earlier, he also had to apologise publicly for wearing blackface as well as brownface in separate incidents. (Source: AP, Reuters)

Liberal Party leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau waves to supporters after the federal election, at the Palais des Congres in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election on Monday but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
Liberal Party leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau waves to supporters after the federal election, at the Palais des Congres in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election on Monday but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer speaks during a rally in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Trudeau's Liberal party took the most seats in Parliament, giving it the best chance to form a government. However, falling short of a majority meant the Liberals would have to rely on the opposition to pass legislation. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer speaks during a rally in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Trudeau's Liberal party took the most seats in Parliament, giving it the best chance to form a government. However, falling short of a majority meant the Liberals would have to rely on the opposition to pass legislation. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet casts his ballot on federal election day in Shawinigan, Quebec. With results still trickling in early Tuesday, the Liberals had 156 seats — 14 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet casts his ballot on federal election day in Shawinigan, Quebec. With results still trickling in early Tuesday, the Liberals had 156 seats — 14 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier casts his ballot in Saint-Georges, Quebec. The vote showed a deeply divided country with the defeated Conservatives winning the popular vote, while a resurgent separatist Bloc Quebecois made big strides in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)
People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier casts his ballot in Saint-Georges, Quebec. The vote showed a deeply divided country with the defeated Conservatives winning the popular vote, while a resurgent separatist Bloc Quebecois made big strides in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau arrives at the polling station with his son Hadrian, wife Sophie and daughter Ella-Grace in Montreal. Trudeau reasserted liberalism in 2015 after almost 10 years of Conservative Party government in Canada, but scandals combined with high expectations damaged his prospects. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau arrives at the polling station with his son Hadrian, wife Sophie and daughter Ella-Grace in Montreal. Trudeau reasserted liberalism in 2015 after almost 10 years of Conservative Party government in Canada, but scandals combined with high expectations damaged his prospects. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Trudeau, accompanied by his family, votes exercises his franchise in Montreal, Quebec.
Trudeau, accompanied by his family, votes exercises his franchise in Montreal, Quebec. "Tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity. They elected a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change," Trudeau said early Tuesday. Reuters/Stephane Mahe
Trudeau faced the threat of being knocked from power after one term as Canada held parliamentary elections on Monday. Trudeau, son of the liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is one of the few remaining progressive world leaders in the Trump era. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Trudeau faced the threat of being knocked from power after one term as Canada held parliamentary elections on Monday. Trudeau, son of the liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is one of the few remaining progressive world leaders in the Trump era. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
A sign directing voters to a polling station is taped to the sidewalk among autumn leaves, on election day in Ottawa, Ontario. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
A sign directing voters to a polling station is taped to the sidewalk among autumn leaves, on election day in Ottawa, Ontario. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Green Party leader Elizabeth May casts her vote at St. Elizabeth's Parish while in Sidney, British Columbia. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press via AP)
Green Party leader Elizabeth May casts her vote at St. Elizabeth's Parish while in Sidney, British Columbia. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press via AP)
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer gestures while speaking to volunteers at his campaign office in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Canadian vote came down to what was essentially a choice between the handsome and charismatic Trudeau and Scheer, the Conservatives' unassuming leader who was seen as the perfect antidote to Trudeau's flash and celebrity. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer gestures while speaking to volunteers at his campaign office in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Canadian vote came down to what was essentially a choice between the handsome and charismatic Trudeau and Scheer, the Conservatives' unassuming leader who was seen as the perfect antidote to Trudeau's flash and celebrity. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh helps volunteer Spike Keane at the NDP election office on Election Day in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Reuters/Lindsey Wasson
New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh helps volunteer Spike Keane at the NDP election office on Election Day in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Reuters/Lindsey Wasson
New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur watch the Canadian election results come in at his hotel room in Burnaby, British Columbia.  Although the NDP had a disappointing night, with the 24 seats it had won or was leading in down sharply from the 2015 election when it won 44, the party could exercise significant influence over Trudeau's next government. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur watch the Canadian election results come in at his hotel room in Burnaby, British Columbia.  Although the NDP had a disappointing night, with the 24 seats it had won or was leading in down sharply from the 2015 election when it won 44, the party could exercise significant influence over Trudeau's next government. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
People watch and wait for the results at the election party of Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Trudeau also was hurt by a scandal that erupted this year when his former attorney general said he pressured her to halt the prosecution of a Quebec company. Trudeau has said he was standing up for jobs, but the damage gave a boost to the Conservative Party.  Reuters/Andrej Ivanov
People watch and wait for the results at the election party of Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Trudeau also was hurt by a scandal that erupted this year when his former attorney general said he pressured her to halt the prosecution of a Quebec company. Trudeau has said he was standing up for jobs, but the damage gave a boost to the Conservative Party.  Reuters/Andrej Ivanov
A supporter watches results at the Conservative headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
A supporter watches results at the Conservative headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Liberal supporters react as poll numbers come in at Liberal election headquarters in Montreal on Monday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Liberal supporters react as poll numbers come in at Liberal election headquarters in Montreal on Monday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Don Lammle from Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, looks on as the results come in at Conservative Party headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press via AP)
Don Lammle from Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, looks on as the results come in at Conservative Party headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press via AP)
Supporters react as results are shown at the Conservative headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Supporters react as results are shown at the Conservative headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Liberal party supporters celebrate at the election party headquarters in Montreal. (Sean/The Canadian Press via AP)
Liberal party supporters celebrate at the election party headquarters in Montreal. (Sean/The Canadian Press via AP)
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