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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government was reelected for a third term in Monday's parliamentary elections, but preliminary results show it failed to win a majority.

Why it matters: Trudeau has governed Canada with a minority of legislative support in parliament for the past two years. Last month, he called for an election two years earlier than scheduled in the hope of forming a majority government.

By the numbers: The Liberal Party needed to win 170 seats in the 338-seat House of Commons to form a majority government.

  • Preliminary figures at 3a.m. ET showed the party had won 158 seats, with over 97% of polling stations reporting.

Background: The Liberal Party was ahead in the polls and Trudeau was banking on Canadian voters rewarding his government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic when he called the snap election.

  • But the Liberals later lost ground in the polls to hold a slim lead over Erin O'Toole's Conservative Party.
  • This was reflected in Monday's election, with initial results showing the Conservatives were set to win 119 seats. O'Toole conceded defeat as it became clear the Liberals had won.

What they're saying: Trudeau acknowledged in a speech from Montreal early on Tuesday the unpopularity of his decision to call an early election.

  • "I hear you when you say you want to get back to the things you love, not to worry about the pandemic or the election," he said.
  • But Trudeau said that voters were sending the government "back to work with a clear mandate to get Canada through this pandemic and to the brighter days ahead."
  • "What we've seen tonight is that millions of Canadians have chosen a progressive plan," he added.

What to watch: Election officials have said they wouldn't open the roughly one million mail-in ballots cast in the election until Tuesday, so the final election outcome may not be confirmed for another day, per Canada's Global News.

Of note: The day before the election, the advocacy group Canada Proud tweeted out a photo of Trudeau in brownface from an "Arabian Nights" party he attended in 2001 when he was 29.

  • He apologized in 2019 after images from this event and two others of him wearing racist, dark makeup in the past emerged.

The big picture: Trudeau has served as prime minister since 2015, when his Liberal Party won a majority government. The Liberals also won the 2019 election, but only secured enough seats to form a minority government.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Nonpartisan Wisconsin audit finds 2020 election "largely safe and secure"

A poll worker feeds a voting tabulation machine with absentee ballots in the gym at Sun Prairie High School on Nov. 3, 2020, in Sun Prairie, Wisc. Photo: Andy Manis/Getty Images

A nonpartisan audit of the 2020 presidential race results in Wisconsin found no evidence of widespread voter fraud and determined the swing state's election had been "largely safe and secure."

Why it matters: The results further undermine former President Donald Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud throughout the country.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.

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