Published On: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019

Canada election: Embarrassment for Trudeau as Wilson-Raybould wins seat as Independent | World | News

Jody Wilson-Raybould, who previously served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, held onto her seat in parliament – in a mixed night for the Canadian Prime Minister which saw his party lose their majority. Ms Wilson-Raybould and fellow cabinet member Jane Philpott resigned from the Government in February over the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Ms Wilson-Raybould claimed Mr Trudeau subjected her to “inappropriate” lobbying aimed at preventing Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin facing a criminal trial over alleged corruption.

In August Canadian ethics commissioner found Mr Trudeau’s actions breached ethics rules.

Despite a huge push by the Liberals to hold onto the seat, Ms Wilson-Raybould held off the challenge by Taleeb Noormohamed to regain her place in parliament.

The former Attorney General won 32.3 percent of the vote, compared to 26.6 percent for the Liberal candidate.

The Conservative candidate Zach Segal came a close third on 22.1 percent.

The former attorney general could not quite believe the result and started off her victory speech by saying “holy moly”.

The Independent candidate described the victory as “extraordinary” and took a swipe at the Government.

Ms Wilson-Raybould said: “This is an incredibly humbling moment and experience, like all other experiences that I’ve had, but tonight is different.

“Tonight we accomplished together something extraordinary.

“We accomplishment showing Ottawa, showing our political process that independent, strong voices matter.”

In a dramatic night across the Atlantic Mr Trudeau won a second term in office but failed to command a majority.

The Liberals are projected to win 157 out of 338 seats, according to Elections Canada.

Mr Trudeau’s party would be 13 short of the 170 seats needed for a second straight majority government.

In a sign of deep divisions among the electorate, Mr Trudeau won the most seats – however, the Conservatives won the popular vote.

READ MORE: Canada election 2019: Trudeau humiliated as he fails to win majority

He added: “From coast to coast to coast, tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity.

“They rejected cuts and austerity, and they voted in favour of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change.

“I have heard you my friends, you are sending our liberal team back to work, back to Ottawa with a clear mandate.

“We will make life more affordable, we will continue to fight climate change, we will get guns off our streets and we will keep investing in Canadians.”

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