Updated Oct 22, 2019

Canada election: Trudeau's Liberals win second term but lose majority

Justin Trudeau delivers his victory speech at his election night headquarters on Monday, Montreal, Canada. Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party was set to form a minority government after being re-elected Monday in a close election race in Canada, CBC and CTV News projections show.

By the numbers: The Liberals had won or were leading in 157 of the 338 available seats, according to results early Tuesday. Nearest rival the Conservative Party has secured 121 seats, per CBC.

What they're saying: President Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to Trudeau on what he called "a wonderful and hard fought victory."

"Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!"
— Trump's tweet to Trudeau

The big picture: After seeing his popularity plummet, Trudeau received a welcome boost last Wednesday from former President Barack Obama, who made a rare endorsement of a foreign leader in a tweet stating that "the world needs" the Canadian PM's "progressive leadership."

  • Per Axios' Dave Lawler, Trudeau's popularity first plunged "under the disillusionment that hampers many incumbents, particularly on the idealistic left."
  • Then Trudeau's high-principled public image took a dive with an ethics breach that began in February, and last month he was hit with a racism scandal in which photos emerged of him wearing brownface and blackface when he was younger.

Go deeper: Trudeau’s pivot: Vows to ban military-style assault rifles, including AR-15

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Spain's Socialists set to win election as far-right doubles vote share

Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez. Photo: Charlie Perez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Spain's Socialist Party is poised to win the country's second parliamentary election in less than a year, but likely won't win enough seats to govern with a majority, according to preliminary results reported by AP.

The big picture: Socialist leader and acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called the snap election — Spain's fourth in as many years — after his party won in the April elections but failed to reach a coalition agreement with other parties. Sunday's vote, which also saw the far-right populist party Vox surge to third place, could result in more political paralysis for a country that has struggled with stable governance in the years since the financial crisis.

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Ahead of public impeachment hearings, Trump tweets 82 times in one day

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President Trump tweeted or retweeted 82 times on Saturday while flying to and from a collegiate football game in Alabama.

Why it matters: Many of the president's tweets were fighting back against the House's impeachment inquiry into allegations that he withheld congressionally approved military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political opponents. The House will hold its first public impeachment hearings this week.

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Parliament blocks Boris Johnson's plan for a snap general election

Boris Johnson emerges from Downing Street before today's vote. Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images

LONDON — The U.K. Parliament voted Monday to reject Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to call a snap general election on Dec. 12.

Why it matters: The EU granted the U.K. another Brexit extension until Jan. 31, underlining Johnson's failure to deliver on his "do or die" pledge to take the U.K. out of the bloc at the end of this month. Parliament agreed in principle last week to the deal he negotiated with the EU, but not to the expedited timetable on which he wanted to pass it. With momentum now stalled, Johnson wants an election fight before the end of the year.

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