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Opinion: What’s at Stake for Party Leaders This Election

Commentary Defining which party won or lost the election is easy. The party that forms the next government, whether it’s a majority or minority, will be considered the winner. Determining which party leaders may have won or lost in the election is a little more complicated. Simply forming the government may not save one leader from being forced to resign, while winning a single seat may be a coup for another. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has the highest bar to clear. He needs to win nothing less than a majority government if he is to be considered a winner in this election. Had the government fallen to a non-confidence vote invoked by opposition parties, maintaining a minority government could have been considered a win. Despite his claims to the contrary, it is undeniable that Trudeau called the election because his party was riding high in the polls and he hoped …

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