Indian-origin Canadian Jagmeet Singh-led New Democratic Party (NDP), which won 24 seats in the election, is very likely to emerge as the”kingmaker” at which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party held on power in a nail-biting survey, albeit as a diminished minority government.
Trudeau would require at least 13 legislators from his left-leaning rival parties to achieve the’magic number’ of 170 to make a fledgling Party-led minority government in the 338-seat House of Commons.
“The New Democratic Party is poised to play kingmaker in a minority parliament following Jagmeet Singh spearheaded a turnaround on the national campaign trail which might have spared his direction and pulled his party from the verge of irrelevance,” the Toronto Star newspaper reported.
With 24 chairs in its kitty, the NDP has dropped almost 50 percent of the seats it had won in 2015. The party, headed by Thomas Mulcair, had won 44 seats, getting the third-largest celebration in the House of Commons at 2015. Regardless of the drop in chairs, Singh at a celebratory address on Tuesday said his party will be”working hard” to provide to the”priorities which Canadians have”.
“When we return to Ottawa, every day we’re in parliament, New Democrats will be working to ensure Canadians’ lives are much better,” he was quoted as saying from globalnews.ca. Singh said his party’s elected officials will now visit Ottawa to handle numerous problems, such as taking”actual and urgent action” on climate change, which makes life more affordable for Canadians and making certain that the”super-wealthy pay their fair share”.
Addressing supporters at his party headquarters in Burnaby, 40-year-old Singh stated, “It’s such an wonderful honor to be home in British Columbia with you all.” The very first non-white pioneer of a national political party in Canada congratulated Trudeau, 47, on his triumph and he talked to him earlier in the afternoon, the report stated. Singh, a former criminal defence attorney, said he wants the NDP to perform a”constructive and positive role” in the new Parliament. “The winner of the election isn’t a leader or a celebration — the winners ought to be Canadians. They need a government that is right for them. Not the wealthy and the strong,” Singh tweeted.
Trudeau’s outgoing Cabinet includes four Sikhs — defence minister Harjit Sajjan; infrastructure minister Amarjeet Sohi; invention, science and economic growth minister Navdeep Bains and tourism ministry Bardish Chagger. The Green Party has indicated to stay in the Opposition with its chief Elizabeth May stating that her party would work hard to maintain the authorities to account by”nonstop arm-twisting”.
Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has also reportedly signalled in his unwillingness to join with the authorities. “The Bloc Quebecois doesn’t wish to create a government or take part in a government,” he explained and added that he doesn’t feel the people of Canada voted to get a minority government since they wish to return to the polls within 18 weeks.