Pakistanis favorite Justin Trudeau wins again as Canadian prime minister

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Canadian voters have handed Justin Trudeau a second term as prime minister, though his centre-left Liberal Party is expected to go into minority government.

Despite some early losses in Canada’s eastern provinces, the Liberals are expected to claim the most seats in parliament, giving them a second term.

This federal election was seen as a referendum on Mr Trudeau, who endured a bumpy first term, tainted by scandal.

His Liberals were neck-and-neck with their centre-right Conservative rivals.

Mr Trudeau’s weakened grip on power will force him to work with other parties to pass legislation during this next term.

There are still lots of votes to count so it is unclear how each party will ultimately fare.

But if the projection proves to be correct, it will be a bitterly disappointing result for Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

Why has Trudeau’s popularity fallen?

Mr Trudeau swept into power in 2015 promising “real change” and a slew of progressive pledges.

Now, after four years in power, Mr Trudeau has faced criticism for his ability to follow through.

His environmental record, for example, has been undercut by his support for the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project and his purchase pipeline infrastructure to ensure it goes ahead.

Canada is also not on track to meet its Paris Agreement greenhouse gas reduction target of 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

And Mr Trudeau’s vow to institute federal electoral reform was quickly abandoned, angering some left-leaning voters excited by the prospect of seeing an alternative voting system

Still, according to an independent assessment by two dozen Canadian academics, Mr Trudeau has kept – fully or partially – 92% of these promises, the most by any Canadian government in 35 years.

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