Justin Trudeau’s re-elec­tion

The Korea Times - - OPINION -

It may not be the smash­ing vic­tory they won in 2015, but Justin Trudeau and the Lib­er­als should feel very good that they will have a chance to form an­other gov­ern­ment.

Af­ter four dif­fi­cult years they man­aged to per­suade enough vot­ers to keep them in power. Given ev­ery­thing, it’s an im­pres­sive achieve­ment that keeps Canada on a pos­i­tive course for the fu­ture.

At the time of writ­ing we don’t have full re­sults. But it’s clear the Lib­er­als will fall short of a ma­jor­ity man­date and have to gov­ern with the sup­port of other par­ties.

Their op­po­nents will claim that the Lib­er­als have been hum­bled, and there will be some truth in that.

But it’s also true that it is very dif­fi­cult to win an out­right ma­jor­ity in our multi-party sys­tem, in which five par­ties gath­ered sub­stan­tial sup­port. Given their stumbles over the past four years, it’s re­mark­able that the Lib­er­als man­aged to win as con­vinc­ingly as they did.

It’s also true that giv­ing the Lib­er­als a sec­ond chance is the best out­come for the coun­try, es­pe­cially given the al­ter­na­tive.

Re­cently, we made clear our view that, over­all, Trudeau and the Lib­er­als were the best choice for vot­ers.

De­spite their fail­ings over the past four years they got it right on the big is­sues. (AP)

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