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Canada election: Liberals win minority government

Oil and natural gas industry commits to working with federal minority government on energy, prosperity and opportunities for Indigenous communities.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada were re-elected to govern on October 21, 2019. They won 157 seats, falling short of the 170 needed for a majority government and a decrease from the 184 seats they garnered in the 2015 election.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party on securing a minority government. CAPP also congratulates new and returning Members of Parliament and thank all candidates who ran for their commitment to public service.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Whitby, Ont. on Friday Oct. 18, 2019. Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.

“The election of a minority government reflects the diversity of Canadians and the need to work constructively together to achieve our mutual goals. We all agree on the importance of making life affordable for Canadians, enabling results on climate change, and creating prosperity for all,” said CAPP president and CEO Tim McMillan. 

The Conservative Party led by Andrew Scheer won 121 seats, up from the 99 seats they won in 2015. The Bloc Québécois had a resurgence in Quebec, winning 32 seats after falling to just 10 seats in the 2015 election. And the NDP led by Jagmeet Singh won 24 seats, falling from the 44 seats they held in 2015. The Green Party won 3 seats, up from 1 in 2015, and one independent candidate was also elected to Parliament.

McMillan notes, “CAPP is committed to working with the federal government. A strong oil and natural gas industry can contribute to the government’s mandate and benefit all Canadians by providing affordable energy, prosperity, and creating opportunities for Indigenous communities.”

A key issue for Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is the need to gain access to global markets. Additional pipeline infrastructure is essential to access emerging global markets where energy demand is rising for Canadian oil and natural gas.