Polls have closed in the Canadian general election and it appears that Steven Harper's 10-year reign as Prime Minister has come to a close. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada have won a majority of seats and will form a majority government.
BREAKING: The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. projects a majority government for Justin Trudeau's Liberals.— The Associated Press (@AP) October 20, 2015
CBC now saying Trudeau will have a majority in Parliament. The Liberals appear to have achieved total #elxn42 victory.— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) October 20, 2015
The eleven-week campaign was one of the longest in modern Canadian history. Parliament was dissolved on August 2. This election appeared to be a close race between Trudeau's Liberals, Harper's Conservatives, and the New Democratic Party, headed by Thomas Mulcair.
As of now (11 p.m. EST), the Liberal Party appears to have run away with the election and the CBC has projected a majority government.
Trudeau's father, Pierre Trudeau, served as Prime Minister of Canada from April 1968-June 1979 and again from March 1980 to June 1984.