Pleased or upset by the result of the Canadian election, with Justin Trudeau set to be the country’s prime minister again, one thing most Canadians have agreed on is that the party leaders fell short in their final speeches of the night.
Gotta say- speeches tonight were totally tone deaf. Singh lost half his caucus but was singing and dancing...Scheer lost a winnable election but was angry and defiant...Trudeau won by wedging Ontario/Quebec against the West and lectured us about "coming together". #cdnpoli— Rod Francis (@InRodWeTrustMTL) October 22, 2019
The most significant criticism was directed at the Liberal Party Leader who made the controversial choice to deliver his victory speech while Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer was speaking.
This act required media outlets across Canada to choose which speech to show viewers, resulting in most choosing the newly elected prime minister over the Conservative leader.
No humility from Trudeau in this speech tonight. Doubling down on his aggressive partisan sneers, doesn't acknowledge that he lost his majority... and the popular vote. Oh, and didn't even let Scheer speak before he started his speech.— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) October 22, 2019
Still think it was a disrespectful move for Trudeau to begin his victory speech just as Scheer had started addressing his supporters.— Lynda Steele 🎙 (@steeletalk) October 22, 2019
Trudeau was very excited in his speech, saying Canadians “rejected division and negativity” with the Liberal Party and “voted in favour of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change.” Adding that Canadians are sending the Liberals “back to work.”
But division is actually how some Canadians are viewing the minority result, with the governing party also losing the popular vote.
Total division. Ontario can have Trudeau. You will see big moves in the west now. Alberta will sell oil, and our grain products. We have a lot of them. Screw China.— Mike (@howmuchdowetake) October 22, 2019
Seeing clips of Trudeau's speech and wow, it's basically as if he's giving the 'won a majority gov't' version. Touts a "clear mandate" (riiiight). Little evidence of humility at all.— Emmett Macfarlane (@EmmMacfarlane) October 22, 2019
Later in his speech, Trudeau thanked Canadians for re-electing him and said his team will “fight for all Canadians,” even those who didn’t vote Liberal.
”It has been the greatest honour of my life to serve you for the past four years,” Trudeau said. “Thank you for having faith in us to move our country in the right direction.”
Although many Canadians were quite compassionate about the fact that Trudeau spoke over Andrew Scheer, when everyone was able to listen to his full concession speech the criticism quickly started to come in. Particularly with most of his speech focused on saying that he is ready to defeat Trudeau at his next opportunity.
Oh my Lord, Scheer's concession speech is unreal terrible. "We've put Mr. Trudeau on notice..." "When your government falls, conservatives will be ready, and we will win."— Julie Rohr (@JulieRohrYEG) October 22, 2019
You JUST DIDN'T win, Andrew.
Stop acting like a toddler. #elxn43 #cndpoli
“When your government falls, Conservatives will be ready and we will win,” Scheer said. “Now we are heading back to Ottawa with a much bigger team…and an endorsement from the Canadian people that we are the government in waiting.”
“Conservative values will be what get us back on track,” the party leader said.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Scheer reinforced his message that Canadians have put Trudeau’s government “on notice,” highlighting that the Conservatives won the popular vote and there was a significant lack of Liberal support in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“Justin Trudeau’s approach has resulted in an extremely divided Canada,” Scheer said. “Two entire provinces completely reject the policies of the Liberal government...Directly a result of Justin Trudeau’s approach over the last four years.”
When asked about the Conservatives less-substantial gains in the Toronto area, Scheer maintained that the federal party made “significant gains” in the region, adding that Ontario’s Conservative Premier Doug Ford made the decision at the beginning of the campaign to focus on provincial politics.
Scheer also criticized Trudeau for “personally attacking and demonizing the premier of Ontario” throughout the election campaign. Some however, wonder if the ‘Ford factor’ would have helped Scheer, who campaigned separately from the premier throughout the 40-day run.
Somewhat overshadowed on election night was the moment when Scheer actually started his concession speech before NDP leader Jagmeet Singh fully finished his - although, it did run significantly longer than the others.
Just to make sure the narrative is clear, Trudeau started his speech during Scheer's speech, sure, but AFTER Scheer started his speech before Singh was done talking.— Christopher Butcher (@Comics212) October 22, 2019
I simply don’t get this complaint, because Scheer did the same thing: he went on stage and cut off Singh’s speech midstream. He fired the first shot. https://t.co/3yQaLWlAKE— Amir Attaran (@profamirattaran) October 22, 2019
Despite only winning 24 seats, less than the Liberals, Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois, the NDP leader walked into the room dancing and jumping for joy. His jubilance, despite a seemingly lacklustre result, was not lost on Canadians, while others commended the party leader for coming this far in after an election campaign that began with very little support for the party.
“We’re going to make sure the the energy’s we’ve built over this campaign…and the focus that we’ve people on people continues,” Singh said. “This is always going to be out focus…every single day that we’re in parliament.”
I think that there were some delays caused by Mr. Singh's dancing and kissing and hugging, finally to start a VERY long speech. His party came FOURTH, but he pretended to be the winner. #cdnpoli #elxn43 https://t.co/K5BPAqkIxn— Diane Marie (@DianeMariePosts) October 22, 2019
Singh is such a disgrace, giving a long ass speech like he is the winner while he is the biggest loser in #elxn43 (beside PPC). Yes, Trudeau lost about the same no. of seats but guess who’s the Prime minister of the next #4StrongYears? NDP almost lost half its seats. Embarrassing— Warren Kissellar is a joke and a parody (@KissellarWarren) October 22, 2019
Regardless of tonight’s election results - @thejagmeetsingh can register this campaign as a victory. Reinvigorated the NDP. Inspired a new generation of activists and voters. Connected with millions of Canadians. There’s no telling how far he will go. #cdnpoli #elxn43— Jeffrey Ferrier (@jtferrier) October 21, 2019
Singh maintained that his party will use their influence in parliament continue to fight for national pharmacare for all Canadians, taking more actions towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and make sure the wealthiest in Canada pay their “fair share.”
In an interesting turn of events, the Bloc Quebecois achieved 32 seats in the election, a big win for Yves-Francois Blanchet’s party, only having 10 seats after the 2015 election.
But Blanchet’s speech hit a nerve with some in Canada, after he stressed that he will “collaborate” with the other parties in Ottawa but only if it supports the interests of Quebec.
Blanchet's speech is making me sick to my stomach. Yet another liar. He denied he would push separatism and that's all his speech is about.— Danika Dragomir (@NikaDragomira) October 22, 2019
Listening to Yves-François Blanchet's speech tonight, I understand why there is a lot of resentment towards Quebec from the rest of Canada.— Barret makes Sawdust (@barret_g) October 22, 2019
“In the meantime, we have as a mandate to benefit as much as we can on behalf of Quebecer,” Blanchet said in his French speech, adding that respect and humility is what Canadians want to see between parliamentarians.
Elizabeth May and Maxime Bernier
Elizabeth May did not get very much criticism for her concessions speech on Monday night, after the Green Party won an additional seat, the first outside of the B.C., in Fredricton.
Thank you @ElizabethMay for running a great campaign, your speech was amazing & you won by adding a lot of students to the party. Great job & hope you guys influence the House, Congratulations. https://t.co/oDkjiIiAfZ— Mel Jouzy (@Melanie_Canada) October 22, 2019
Glad to see someone with some sense.— Yeeterbeater42069 (@Yeeterbeater422) October 22, 2019
Sick and tired of people in ontario being "glad the liberals won" when they have less votes than con and only select parts of eastern canada even voted for them.
Definitely glad to see another green seat though, good job.
TY! Please don’t give up! 😊🙏— albertarabbit 🌎 (@albertarabbit) October 22, 2019
“This is a stepping stone for next time,” May said. “We’ve never had as many finishes in close seconds and in 10 per cents.”
“We can make a really significant contribution in a minority parliament and we will,” the Green Party leader said.
Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada had a short life in the election, unable to win any seat and the party leader losing in the Beauce, Que., riding, a position he has held for 13 years.
“My heart goes out to our 315 candidates across the country,” Bernier said in his concession speech. “They did it despite nasty...attacks from our opponents.”
Despite his tearful remarks, many Canadians weren’t too upset with the party’s lack of results in the election.
“We will be stronger the next time,” Bernier said. “It’s only the beginning for the People’s Party.”
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