Justin Trudeau re-elected in Montreal riding of Papineau

WATCH: Global News is ready to project that the Liberals, under Leader Justin Trudeau, will win enough seats to form a minority government in the 2019 federal election.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has been re-elected in a landslide in his home riding of Papineau in Montreal.

Preliminary results showed Trudeau winning roughly 50 per cent of the vote in a riding he has held since 2008.

With just over half of polls reporting, Trudeau had 9,725 votes over the closest candidate — the NDP’s Christine Paré, who had 3,798.

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Meanwhile, the Liberals are projected to win the most seats in Canada’s 43rd federal election, but will return to the House of Commons with a smaller numbers of MPs, just short of a majority.

Trudeau campaigned on a promise to improve the lives of the middle class with several key pledges, including a tax cut to make the first $15,000 of income tax-free, a promise to make maternity and parental employment insurance benefits tax-free at source, and promises to expand the Canada child benefit (CBB).

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The Liberals are also proposing a new tax on luxury items, eliminating tax breaks for high-income earners and increasing taxes for large companies.

Trudeau’s campaign was shaken after photos and a video emerged, showing the Liberal leader in brownface and blackface.

Trudeau’s government was also dogged by the SNC-Lavalin affair prior to the election over allegations he had pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop the criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering giant over fraud and bribery charges.

In August, Canada’s ethics watchdog said Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act.

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