Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party survived a multipronged challenge from both the left and right in Canada’s general election on Monday but he will return to power as the head of a minority government. In what is widely considered a rebuke of his first term, Mr Trudeau’s Liberals won or were leading in 155 electoral districts, falling 15 seats short of winning a majority in the House of Commons. In the 2015 poll, the Liberals won a majority with 184 seats. The prime minister’s chief rival, the Conservative party led by Andrew Scheer, won 122 seats, which was an improvement on its 2015 result but short of what it had been expecting. A week ago, some polls had the Conservatives winning enough votes to lead a minority government. “The Liberals will be pleasantly surprised by this outcome,” said Nelson Wiseman, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto. “The Conservatives can only be depressed. A lot of people felt uncomfortable with Scheer, and…
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