Canadian voters look past scandals and give Trudeau a second term

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Grégoire.

Despite being rocked by several scandals leading up to the elections, voters returned Justin Trudeau for a second term as prime minister of Canada.

The scandal-scarred Liberal leader was returned to power after his party won 156 out of 338 seats in Monday’s vote to form a minority government. The party fell short of the 170 seats needed for a majority government.

‘I’ve heard your frustration and I want to be there to support you.’

— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

In Trudeau’s victory speech in Montreal on Tuesday, he addressed voters’ in Canada west where the party’s showing was weak, acknowledging voter frustration and vowing to work with all Canadians.

“I’ve heard your frustration and I want to be there to support you. Let us all work hard to bring our country together,” Trudeau said.

Some of Trudeau’s strongest candidates in Canada’s west were defeated at the polls, including veteran Saskatchewan politician Ralph Goodale along with Alberta minister Amarjeet Sohi.