"A few moments ago, I spoke with her Excellency the Governor General and she accepted my request to dissolve parliament. Canadians will therefore go to the polls on September 20," Justin Trudeau announced at a press conference.
This federal election could allow Justin Trudeau's government to obtain a majority in Parliament.
Currently, there are 155 Liberal MPs sitting in the House of Commons, 119 from the Conservative Party of Canada, 32 from the Bloc Québécois, 24 from the NDP and two from the Green Party.
The absolute majority is 170 seats. If Trudeau's gamble does not work, the Liberals may well find themselves in the same situation as in the October 2019 federal election.
For the country's 44th general election, federal political leaders will have to campaign over the next 36 weeks.
Quebec students would've also favoured the Liberals and helped them win a minority government — though a much slimmer one — if they were able to vote, according to Student Vote Canada.
If students were able to cast ballots in the federal election, the Liberals would have won 116 seats nationally, forming a minority government. The official opposition would be the New Democratic Party (NDP), with 106 seats.
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While the Liberals would have won the election, they would've lost the popular vote to the NDP.
In Quebec, the Liberals would've won 38 seats, with the Bloc Québécois in second place at 20. The NDP was much worse off in Quebec, winning only 9 seats.
The Student Vote is an educational program that runs at the same time as the official election with the goal of teaching young people how to participate in the electoral process. The students get to cast a ballot exactly like the real thing and the votes are then counted.
More than 700,000 students from across Canada participated in this election's Student Vote.
Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 Federal Election, many of us living in Quebec might be wondering what the point of all this was. But no election is without some kind of meaning, especially for voters.
So, what did this election mean for the people of Quebec and what does a Liberal minority mean for the province?
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But it was one many Canadians were probably wondering... "When is the beard coming back?"
If you were a fan of the beard, we've got some bad news. The prime minister responded "hopefully never," so we'll likely be seeing a clean shaved Trudeau during his next four years in office.
This isn't the first time Trudeau's looks have been brought up before either — there's been everything from a viral video of Trudeau stroking his luscious locks taking over the internet to us all noticing how badly he needed a haircut when hairdressers were forced to close during the pandemic.
"I look forward to continuing to work with the government to advance Montreal's priorities such as a green & inclusive recovery, the fight against arms trafficking and the fight against climate change."
Plante pushed for stronger federal gun control laws in the weeks leading up to the election, joining the mayors of Quebec's four other largest cities to call on all parties to take action on the issue.
She warned that, in her view, Canada could become an "American-style society" with normalized gun violence if the federal government didn't pass tougher legislation.
Plante listed a green economic relaunch and the fight against climate change as two other priorities for the city.
Quebec Premier François Legault also congratulated Trudeau on Tuesday, saying he would collaborate with the prime minister on "Quebec's interests."