Election Night Monday saw Justin Trudeau win his second term as prime minister but this time in charge of minority Liberal government. The Liberals will have more than 150 seats in the new parliament, which makes them a “strong” minority government, but they may still have to depend on either the NDP or the Bloc Québecois for support on budget and other legislative policy proposals.
“I think that collaboration is key,” said Drouin, when asked what he thinks will be the challenges facing the minority Liberal government. “My approach is that I’ve worked with Conservatives on bills that I agree with and I’ve worked with NDP on bills that I have agreed with. I look forward to working with every parliamentarian that will be elected tonight in the House of Commons.”
Conservative candidate Pierre Lemieux smiled as he thanked supporters during a sombre gathering at G.A.B.'s Bistro in Rockland late Monday night that saw him lose his bid to become MP again for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.
“Let’s keep our chins up and walk proudly because we fought an excellent fight,” he said. “I am saddened that I will not be joining my Conservative comrades in Ottawa.”
Drouin was re-elected with 47.5 per cent of the GPR ballots, compared to Lemieux’s 33.8 per cent result. The NDP’s Konstantine Malakos was a distant third with 10 per cent.
Marthe Lépine started as the Green Party candidate but became an independent after the party removed her over a comment she made about abortion on a blog. She still received 5.3 per cent of the vote. People’s Party of Canada candidate Jean-Jacques Desgranges finished fifth with 2.8 per cent. Libertarian candidate Darcy Neal Donnelly, independent Daniel John Fey, and Rhinoceros Party candidate Marc-Antoine Gagnier each earned less than one per cent of the vote.