It is the first time a party has moved from third-party status in the House of Commons to the to the government side of the House. It is the first time a child of a former Prime Minister will lead the country. Forty-seven years after his father Pierre was elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has been chosen to lead the country – to move back into the house on Sussex Drive that he grew up in. The Liberals surged to a majority victory in last night’s election. He said it is proof that “positive, optimistic” politics are not just a “naive dream.” The Liberals claimed 184 seats across the country. They had just 36 when the election campaign began. The Conservatives fell from 159 seats to 99. The NDP lost 51 seats and are left with 44. The Green Party will have one seat in the House of Commons, down from two. All of the party leaders won re-election, though a message from the Conservative Party indicates Stephen Harper will be stepping down. He is expected to stay on as an MP.
Simcoe County and Muskoka bucked the trend nationally, sticking with Conservative candidates. The races were close. And there could be a recount in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte where Conservative Alex Nuttall finished the night just 110 votes ahead of Liberal Brian Tamblyn. John Brassard carried the tory banner in Barrie-Innisfil. Bruce Stanton was re-elected in Simcoe North, as were Dr. Kellie Leitch in Simcoe-Grey and Peter Van Loan in York-Simcoe. Conservative Tony Clement is back as MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka.