After all, democracy can be a clever, mature form of government. It can criticize and at the same time issue a governmental mandate, it can be educational and at the same time maintain its course. That's good news. For those who doubted the autocratic because of the endless Brexit or the slippage of various democracies, Canada showed what a democracy can do last night.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 47 years old and in office since 2015, will be able to continue governing. But this time he is tamed and slowed down, which he has caused (and knows). Trudeau will either have to form a coalition (which is rare in Canada) or compete with a minority government and, depending on the issue, will have to seek support and additional partners - which can be quite humiliating. The third-place surprise winner of the election, the Bloc Québécois, who fights for the independence of the eastern province of Quebec, as well as the fourth-placed New Democrats has enough votes to give Trudeau a majority; The Greens, who won three seats, could occasionally come to his side. But it is also possible that Trudeau can get into trouble right at the beginning. He has to put his program to a vote after a government statement, and that will be the first moment of potential failure.
Already on election night it was scarce, it was in fact crystal clear.
According to the electoral commission, Trudeau's liberals can count on 156 seats; the conservative party of Andrew Scheer is expected to reach 122 seats, despite having won the most votes nationwide, that is, the so-called popular vote . The Canadian House of Commons, which elects the prime minister, has 338 seats, which are granted by a relative majority vote: whoever has the most votes in his or her district is elected. 170 seats mean the majority in parliament; The Liberals had won a proud 184 seats four years ago.
He himself undermined the clean image
It was one o'clock in the morning when Trudeau commented on the election in Montreal. "Coast to coast to coast," he called hoarsely, "today Canadians have rejected division and negativity, rejected cuts and austerity, and voted for a progressive agenda and clear action against climate change." On Twitter, he thanked for the trust, and there, on Twitter, US President Donald Trump congratulated him on a "wonderful and hard-won victory."
Once again got away - that's what the result of this night for Justin Trudeau looks like.
Only a year ago he had been completely unchallenged, a star on the world stage, a liberal opponent of Trump, and unchallenged at home in all polls. But then, with strange decisions, he had undermined his own climate policy and destroyed his internal party disputes with his image as a feminist and a fighter against corruption; and whimsical photos showing him with a black-painted face betrayed at least a bizarre sense of humor or, at least, opponents, double standards and racism saw it.
Election campaign in bulletproof vest
It certainly helped him that the rival Scheer remained quite pale with the conservatives and also acted double-morally. Constantly and everywhere Scheer tried to talk about truth and integrity and to portray Trudeau as lying - before Scheer himself had to admit to having concealed a dual citizenship (he is also an American).
That's why Canada's commentators talked that night of a lackluster election, a real-political, a sober one. It was the "dirtiest" campaign in Canadian history, Trudeau said a few days ago; Every now and then, after threats, he had performed bullet-proof vests.
By the way, Justin Trudeau is the son of the former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who ruled from 1968 to 1984 with a break. Papa Trudeau had been launched by an overwhelming majority and then trimmed down: his second government was a minority government. Today, Pierre Trudeau is considered a strong and successful Prime Minister.
Justin Trudeau should understand his defeat, which was just a victory, as a new beginning and opportunity.