The Hush Post/ 07:40 pm/ 1- min-read
Indian-origin Canadian Jagmeet Singh-led New Democratic Party (NDP), which won 24 seats in the general election, is likely to emerge as ‘kingmaker’. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won a narrow victory, means he will lead a minority government that will be forced to depend on other parties to govern.
In the just-concluded Canadian general election, the results of which were declared on Tuesday, Trudeau’s Liberal Party won 157 seats, the opposition Conservative 121, Bloc Quebecois 32, NDP 24, Green Party 3 and one Independent.
Trudeau would now require at least 13 legislators from his left-leaning rival parties to reach the ‘magic number’ of 170 to form a Liberal Party-led minority government in the 338-seat House of Commons.
“The New Democratic Party is poised to play kingmaker in a minority parliament after Jagmeet Singh spearheaded a turnaround on the federal campaign trail that may have saved his leadership and pulled his party from the brink of irrelevance,” the Toronto Star newspaper reported.
Singh, a leftist former criminal defence lawyer, said he wants the NDP to play a “constructive and positive role” in the new Parliament. The first non-white leader of a federal political party in Canada, Jagmeet Singh congratulated Trudeau.