Early in the campaign, it appeared that they would be headed to repeat their recent history, as leader Justin Trudeau was attacked first from the Conservatives, then the NDP over issues as minute as the style of his hair.
But after initially staking the future of his party to balanced budgets and a centric approach, Trudeau did an amazing about-face and tilted far to the left, as NDP leader Thomas Mulcair was racing to the middle and abandoning many of the dipper’s historic party principles in a desperate attempt to become Prime Minister.
By the time the dust settled, Canada had spoken, and had received the change the Liberals had been advocating throughout the campaign.
There are a lot of promises made over the course of any campaign, and with 78 days to occupy, they piled up fast and furious.
Most notably, Trudeau pledged to run budget deficits in the billions in order to restore much of our nations crumbling infrastructure. This plan has been widely debated throughout the past two-plus months, and will continue when business resumes in the House of Commons.
It was a bold position to take, and clearly it resonated with voters who have put up with substandard roads, bridges and transit systems for far too long. Hopefully this will take some pressure off local municipalities, and be properly managed to ensure that Canadians get the best deal possible.
There will be plenty of debates over the next four years, but there is no debating that this election struck a real chord with voters, with the highest turnout in decades. That’s the real victory in this election, that so many made their voice count.