Dozens of students came to Colonel Tucker’s, the campus bar, on election night to watch the results of the 2019 federal election unfold.
We spoke to some students before results came through to see what their expectations were.
Logan Cook was hoping for a minority government, “I think the Maritimes will stay mostly Liberal.”
Ariel Arthurs feels the same way, she wanted to see “anything but Conservative.”
As the results started coming in, the energy was tense as everyone knew the results would be close, regardless of who won.
CBC projected a Liberal minority government around 11 p.m. The Liberal Party won 157 seats overall, a decline from their previous majority of 184, but still a sizable minority.
The Conservatives won the popular vote, but not the most seats, with 34.4 percent as opposed to the Liberal’s 33.1 percent. This is the first time this has happened since 1979.
They won 121 seats, up from their previous 99. They will be the largest official opposition is Canadian history with this number of seats. They swept through Alberta and Saskatchewan, winning all but one seat in Alberta, and all seats in Saskatchewan.
The NDP lost seats, going from 44 to 24. The Greens gained two seats from the 2015 election from one to three.
Jody Wilson-Raybould, the previous Liberal attorney-general who ran as an independent, won her seat. The Bloc Quebecois grew significantly from a previous 10 seats to 32.
The People’s Party of Canada won no seats, including the leader Maxime Bernier.
New Brunswick’s results
In New Brunswick, six Liberals retained their seats out of 10. Fredericton elected their Green candidate, the first to be elected federally outside of B.C. Tobique-Mactaquac, N.B. South-West and Fundy Royal elected Conservatives.
One NDP candidate was elected in Atlantic Canada – Jack Harris in St. John’s East, Newfoundland. One Conservative was elected in Nova Scotia.
Voter turnout decreased slightly from 68 percent in 2015 to 66 percent this year.
We again spoke to students to see how they felt about the results.
“I think it’s a good thing that there’s a minority government”, said Lauren Booker. “I wish more Green and NDP had gotten in, but I’m just overjoyed Scheer didn’t win.”
“A minority government is pretty much what I was expecting”, said Jenna DeMerchant. “It’s not ideal, but I’m happy it’s not a Conservative minority government. I’m also very happy that the Green candidate got elected in Fredericton.”