Canada’s ruling party could remain in power until 2025 thanks to an agreement with the main opposition party.
The Liberal Party has reached an agreement with the opposition New Democratic Party, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday.
“What this means is that in these uncertain times, the government will be able to function stably and predictably, be able to create and execute budgets and deliver for the Canadian people,” Trudeau said.
The Liberal Party won re-election in September but failed to secure a majority of seats in parliament, forcing alliances to pass laws. The left-wing NPD will support the Liberals in exchange for deals on pharmaceutical and dental plans, but will have no members in Trudeau’s cabinet.
“We have agreed to work together,” Trudeau said. “It’s about focusing on what we agree with and not what we disagree with.”
A few weeks ago, large numbers of truck drivers and other protesters barricaded parts of Ottawa, the capital, to protest restrictions put in place to fight the coronavirus and demand Trudeau’s departure.
In theory, Trudeau could run again in the next election, which will take place in 2025. But it is doubtful that he will, as he will then have been in power for 10 years, his popularity figures have fallen and there has been great animosity towards him. originated in western Canada.
Trudeau is still remembered for the upbeat tone he struck when he took office in 2015 at the age of 43, making him the second youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history. He has had setbacks since then, but has been re-elected twice.
Tall and slender, Trudeau reminds many of his father, Pierre Trudeau, who rose to power in 1968 and enjoyed great popularity.
Pierre Trudeau, who was Prime Minister until 1984, is one of the few well-known Canadian politicians in the United States, where many compare him to John F. Kennedy for his charisma.