This elective operation could have been given to oneself.

In the hope that the voters would give him an absolute majority - as thanks for the, all in all, successful course through the corona pandemic - the Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau had scheduled new elections.

The result is not much different than it was two years ago: Trudeau remains in office, but will only head a minority government and thus remain dependent on the cooperation of smaller parties.

The conservatives, who were in power until 2015, again received the most votes, especially in the west of the country, which is socio-culturally reminiscent of its neighbors in the south and where the energy industry plays a major role.

But since majority voting applies, the liberals have the edge: they won the necessary mandates in the metropolitan areas.

Trudeau believes he has a “clear mandate”.

But that's at best the same as the one he got two years ago.

Yes, he won the election, but not a brilliant victory.

It has lost a lot of its charisma.

Like other western countries, Canada is facing a period of great change. In his case, there is also the importance of the oil and gas industry. It would be good if the restructuring of the economy - keyword climate change - could be based on a broad consensus among the population. Trudeau actually needed a clear mandate for this.