October 20, 2015 5:30 am
Updated: October 20, 2015 3:17 pm

Federal Election 2015: Here’s what happened on election night

WATCH ABOVE: Watch all the lows and highs from a historic night in Canadian politics as Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party road a wave of support across the country to a majority government.


Justin Trudeau will be the next Prime Minister of Canada.

Trudeau led the Liberal party to a historic victory Monday going from third party to a majority government as they won more than 170 of Canada’s 338 ridings.

“Canadians have chosen change. Real change,” Trudeau said during his speech at his campaign headquarters in Montreal.

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“Canadians from all across this great country sent a clear message tonight; it’s time for a change in this country my friends, a real change.”

The Liberals started the night strong and swept Atlantic Canada, winning all 32 ridings.  And an exclusive Ipsos poll suggested most Canadians were happy with a majority government.

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Want to see how the vote was spread across Canada? See the results from all 338 ridings on the Global News results page.

Initial results show the Liberal party picking up 39.9 per cent of the popular vote. The Conservatives picked up roughly 32.1 per cent of the popular vote, according to initial results dropping from over 160 seats to roughly 100. The NDP garnered 19.1 per cent of the popular vote going from over 100 seats to less than 50.

Their momentum continued when results from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta started rolling with Global News declaring a Liberal government shortly after those polls closed.

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So what’s he promised? More money for infrastructure, an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, and legalized marijuana, among other things. See a full list here.

All the party leaders (except Gilles Duceppe) won their ridings, but Stephen Harper, who won in Calgary-Heritage, is the only one to step down as leader of their party so far. John Walsh, the president of the Conservative Party, said in a statement that Harper had asked him to appoint an interim leader and being the leadership selection process.

Harper, however, didn’t mention any resignation during his speech.

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But when he does – who will replace him? An exclusive survey from Ipsos has some ideas.

There was a host of problems at polling stations across Canada and some locations, including one on an Alberta First Nation ran out of ballots.

After Canadians went to the polls though – they took to Twitter to talk about and follow the results. After Harper stepped down, the hashtag #ThankyouStephenHarper started trending, with some legitimately thanking him, and others taking a different stance.

But it wasn’t all amusing anecdotes on Twitter. Many British Columbia voters were outraged after the election was called before polls closed in their province.

Even Twitter users around the world were weighing in on the election.

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