What is the story?
Justin Trudeau has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Canada. The results of the country’s 2015 General Election were announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning UK time, and came as a surprise to many bearing in mind his opponent, Stephen Harper, had been ahead in the polls just a few weeks ago.
Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party, which is the Canadian equivalent of the UK Labour Party, while Stephen Harper led the Conservative Party into the election, having served as Prime Minister for the previous nine years.
In Canada, 170 seats are required for a majority government. The Liberal Party reached a total of 184 seats on Tuesday, giving Trudeau the convincing win that few had forecast at the turn of the year. The Conservatives won 99 seats.
Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre, was also the Prime Minister of Canada. He served between 1968 and 1979, with a second spell from 1980 to 1984. People began to tip Justin to follow in his father’s footsteps after he gave a moving eulogy at Pierre’s funeral in 2000 before he entered politics.
The third Canadian Party, the NDP, had finished ahead of the Liberal’s in a disastrous 2011 election for Trudeau’s party. However, they lost over half of their 95 seats on Monday - finishing with a vastly reduced total of 44.
In September, polls had the Conservatives, the NDP and the Liberal Party neck and neck, before the Conservatives regained the lead until very early October. So Trudeau has only led the polls for a matter of days, but finds himself with a convincing majority government.
His campaign slogan was ‘real change’. He is set to unveil…