According to news outlets such as CTV and CBC, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has won its third consecutive election in Canada. The news networks predict that the Liberals will create another minority government after a 36-day campaign.
Due to pandemic-related difficulties such as long lines at polling places and more Canadians opting to vote by mail, the final election results are expected to be delayed. The final results of federal elections are usually revealed the same night as the elections, but in this case, the official results are unlikely to be known until at least Tuesday. A majority of at least 170 of the 338 seats in the Canadian Parliament is required. A majority government allows the ruling party to enact any legislative reforms it wants without the need for opposition backing. To enact laws and sustain power under minority administrations, the ruling party must work with the opposition. After winning a majority in the 2015 election, the Liberal Party of Canada was reduced to a minority government after the 2019 election. Trudeau called an election two years before his government’s four-year mandate was supposed to end in the hopes of regaining a majority.
The Liberals won 157 seats and 33.1 percent of the popular vote in the 2019 election, while the Conservatives received 34.3 percent of the popular vote but just 121 seats. The Liberals are expected to win a comparable number of seats in this election, according to projections. As expected, the Conservatives will come in second, with the Bloc Quebecois and the New Democratic Party (NDP) completing out the top four.
All through the campaign, topics such as changing climate, low-cost housing, and economic growth took precedence over immigration. Both the Liberals and the Conservatives, on the other hand, committed to expand immigration, address the application delay, and boost credential recognition.
Over the next few years, the election outcome should result in few substantial policy changes and shocks in Canadian immigration. Another Liberal minority should have little direct influence on immigration policy. Since 2019, the Liberals have been able to push through their immigration program with little opposition or debate. Opposition parties have instead concentrated on holding the government accountable on other topics such as the pandemic response, economic and budgetary policies, and foreign affairs problems such as Canada’s reaction to the Afghan conflict.
As a result, one should anticipate the Liberals’ immigration policy, which has been in place since 2015, to continue. This involves continuing to welcome high levels of immigration to aid Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery, as well as reuniting families, assisting refugees, and inviting another international talent such as temporary foreign workers and international students. The program of the Liberal Party includes a number of pledges that are significant to immigrants and future citizens. For example, they reaffirm their vow to abolish citizenship costs throughout the 2019 election campaign. They have also stated that they will favor Francophone immigration in Quebec and elsewhere.
They claim to be able to cut COVID-19-related latency to under 12 months, yet the platform does not specify how. They plan to implement electronic applications to improve family reunification applications. The Liberals plan to use the Express Entry points system to broaden avenues to permanent residency for temporary foreign employees and former international students (known as the Comprehensive Ranking System).