Timeline of election night: Trudeau's Liberals win minority government

With election night behind us, we want to know how you feel about Trudeau’s minority victory, Scheer’s popular vote win, and the NDP slide leaving room for a Bloc resurgence. Tell us:


2:40 a.m. ET

In what’s being called an ‘incredibly rare’ result, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won the most seats across Canada, tbut didn’t come out with the popular vote.

Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives received 34.5 per cent support, compared to the Liberals 33 per cent, followed by the NDP with 15.9 per cent of the popular vote.

1:50 a.m. ET

In an unprecedented turn of events, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau decided to come out and give their final speeches at the same time, on the tail end of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh finishing his in B.C., with most new outlets showing Trudeau’s victory speech over Scheer’s concession remarks.

“Tonight, we chose to move Canada forward,” the Liberal Party leader said.

“It has been the greatest honour of my life to serve you for the past four years. We take this responsibly seriously and we will work hard for you, for your families and for your future.”

Some political commentators criticized Trudeau’s decision to make his speech at the same time as Scheer, saying that he shut out the Conservatives after a particularly nasty election campaign.

Liberal supporters have also been vocal about the loss the party now faces with Ralph Goodale losing his seat in Regina-Wascana.

Scheer’s speech quickly took aim at Trudeau, sending a message to the Liberal Party Leader that “when your government falls, Conservatives will be ready and we will win.”

“Canada is a country that is further divided...Conservative values will be what get us back on track,” the Conservative Party Leader went on to say.

Scheer highlighted that his party holds the popular vote, and stressed that Conservatives will head to Ottawa with a bigger team and “an endorsement from the Canadian people that we are the government in waiting.”

After entering the room dancing, and thanking his family and his team, Singh’s speech focused on telling Canadians that the NDP will continue to push forward their core campaign promises, including a universal pharmacare plan and making more action on reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada.

“New Democrats are going to Ottawa to fight for you,” Singh said. “Canadians have sent a clear message tonight. They want a government that works for them, not for the rich and the powerful.”

“If all MPs elected tonight hear that message and act on that message, the real winners of this election will be the people.”

Despite keeping his spirits high, some (less positive) Canadians questions why he was so jubilant after coming in fourth in the race.

Elizabeth May, despite her Green Party only winning three seats, had a lot of celebrate because the party gained one seat and got its first win outside of B.C.

“This is a stepping stone for next time,” May said. “We can make a really significant contribution in a minority parliament and we will.”

The Green Party Leader also mentioned the climate crisis and said she promised children that she wouldn’t give up her fight to combat climate change.

“This was a children's crusade and I vow not to let them down,” May said. “We will not allow the Parliament of Canada in its 43rd session to let down our children.”

12:40 a.m. ET

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau on his victory on Twitter, saying he looks forward to working with Trudeau in the future.

12:25 a.m. ET

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has won his seat in the B.C. riding of Burnaby South while Independent Jody Wilson-Raybould won her seat in Vancouver Granville.

The win came just before Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet made a speech to celebrate his party’s success in the election campaign.

Blanchet thanked his volunteers, and his advisor and friend Gilles Duceppe, the former leader of the Bloc Quebecois. In his speech, delivered in French, the party leader stressed that he and his fellow newly-elected Bloc Quebecois MPs will contribute and collaborate in a minority government when the proposals benefit Quebec. He also said that it would not include moving oil through the province.

The Bloc Quebecois Leader congratulated his competitors, while also stressing the importance of a government that functions with respect and humility between parliamentarians.

11:25 p.m. ET

Liberal minority government

A Liberal minority government is being projected, with Justin Trudeau’s party losing its majority status. The projected result has prompted some to questions whether campaigning with Ontario Premier Doug Ford would have made Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer closer to victory.

The Liberals have lost some notable seats, including Ralph Goodale in the Regina-Wascana riding in Saskatchewan, while Conservative Lisa Raitt has also lost her seat in Milton, Ont. to Liberal Adam van Koeverden and Chrystia Freeland was re-elected in her University-Rosedale riding in Toronto.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May has now won her seat in the B.C. riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands and Independent Jane Philpott struggled in the election, losing her seats in Markham-Stouffville, Ont.

11:15 p.m. ET

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier made a concession speech after losing his seat in the Beauce, Que., riding, a position which he has held for 13 years.

“My heart goes out to our 315 candidates across the country,” Bernier said. “They’ve shows extraordinary courage and passion in defending our principles and policies.”

“They did it despite nasty...attacks from our opponents...What we managed to accomplish in only one year is spectacular.”

The People’s Party of Canada leader stressed that it is the fastest growing party in Canada’s history and will “continue to grow” and raise issues like unsustainable immigration, national deficits and high taxes for Canadians.

“We will be there to criticize the government and offer better solutions,” Bernier said. “We will be stronger the next time. It’s only the beginning for the People’s Party.”

10:45 p.m. ET
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet have all been re-elected in their respective ridings in Saskatchewan and Quebec.

9:30 p.m. ET

While the votes are still coming in the Liberal Party is off to a strong start in the Maritimes, elected or in the lead for 24 seats. Atlantic Canada was a comfortable sweep for the Liberals in the last election.

The most significant update is out of New Brunswick, with the Green Party winning the Fredericton riding, beating out Liberal incumbent Matt DeCourcey. This is the first federal seat outside of B.C. for the Greens.

8:45 p.m. ET

Elections Canada has said voters in Ontario who arrive to the polling station by 9:30 p.m. ET will still be able to vote, even if your ballot will actually be submitted passed the designated voting time.

8:20 p.m. ET

Liberal Seamus O’Regan has been declared the winner in his riding of St. John's South-Mount Pearl in Newfoundland, the first cabinet minister to be declared re-elected.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien (right) watch election results in Montreal on Monday Oct. 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien (right) watch election results in Montreal on Monday Oct. 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have both been seen watching the results come in with their families.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. second left, and his wife Gurkiran Kaur, second right, watch the Canadian election results come in at his hotel room during in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, October 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. second left, and his wife Gurkiran Kaur, second right, watch the Canadian election results come in at his hotel room during in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, October 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Trudeau’s son got some special attention for a candid moment caught on camera with his parents, being called a “typical Canadian family.”

7:20 p.m. ET

The first result has come through with six Liberal seats being called in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Tonight the votes will be counted and Canada will soon find out who the next prime minister will be. The Liberals and the Conservatives have been deadlocked throughout the election campaign and Canadians are watching to see which party ultimately comes out on top.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh saw a surge in popularity after the English language federal leaders’ debate two weeks ago, moving into the end of the campaign, but whether it will result in sustained support for the party at the polls is a core question for NDPs.

In such a close race, many are predicting a minority government result in this election, meaning that no party has the majority of the seats in the legislature.

Canadians will also be looking to see how many seats the new People’s Party of Canada, led by Maxime Bernier, will be able to win with its particularly controversial promises to significantly limit immigration and “not do anything” on climate change.

With the climate being a hot-button issue throughout the election campaign, referred to by many as a “climate crisis,” Elizabeth May’s Greens are waiting to see if the party can make its most significant impact in Canada to date. While residents in Quebec see where support for the Bloc Quebecois ends up with Yves-Francois Blanchet as the party’s leader, following an election campaign filled with several questions about the province’s religious symbols ban, Bill 21.

Canadians battle blackouts, storms, voter card mistakes to vote

Earlier today, Canadians reported several issues at the polls, something that’s not entirely out of the ordinary.

A number of polling stations in Montreal opened late after a technical glitch caused a delay, while the Ottawa West Nepean riding did not have a returning officer when doors opened, with many residents being told they had to return later in the day to vote. Another Canadians also criticized Elections Canada for the lack of accessibility at their polling station.

Campaign signs for Liberal Chrystia Freeland were defaced in her Toronto riding of University-Rosedale. According to Global News, the co-chair of Freeland’s riding association received a call about the vandalized signs Monday morning and were allowed to replace or remove them from the midtown Toronto neighbourhood.

Many in the Toronto-Danforth riding submitted their ballot in the dark after a power outage hit the Bruce Public School polling station. Elections Canada staff used flashlights to continue with the voting process. This prompted support for the paper ballot system, which doesn’t require electricity.

Some voters also had problems with their voting cards, including the wrong name being printed on the document and one person receiving two cards, with different information on where to vote.

Elections Canada also had to make a special accommodation for thousands of people in First Nation communities in Manitoba who had to be evacuated after a snowstorm hit the province, causing many to relocate to hotels in Winnipeg. These individuals were able to vote at the University of Winnipeg. Meanwhile, other polling stations in the province had reduced hours, while power outages still persisted.

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