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October 20, 2015
Indian-Canadians win 19 seats; Liberals' Trudeau is new PM
OTTAWA: Canada has voted Justin Trudeau's Liberal party an absolute majority, defeating the Conservatives of incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has been in office since early 2006. Indian-Canadians got 19 seats.

"This is what positive politics can do," Trudeau, son of a former Prime Minister told supporters in Ottawa on Tuesday as the results started coming. "I didn't make history tonight, you did," he told them.

Indian-Canadians have won a total of 19 seats in the elections. Fifteen of them belong to the Liberal party, three are from the Conservative Party and one is of the New Democratic Party (NDP). Outgoing Minister Bal Gosal and four-time MP Nina Grewal are among the losers. In the outgoing parliament there were only eight Indians in the House. The Indian community in Canada is a force to reckon with. Deepak Obhrai, Conservative, won for the seventh time. Darshan Kang, Tim Uppal, Sahajvir Singh Randhawa, Navdeep Bains, Gagan Sikand, Bardish Chagger, Bob Saroya,Yasmin Ratansi, Jasvir Sandhu, Sukh Dhaliwal, Jati Sidhu, Anju Dhillon are among other prominent winners.

Justin Trudeau's (43) name is well-known in Canada as the son of the late Pierre Trudeau, often described as father of modern Canada, although seen as a political novice. Rather, he emerged as a dark horse. But he has been building up a political profile for himself of late, leading the Liberals who have taken 184 seats in a House of 338 against 34 in 2011 in a House of 308 seats then. The Conservatives have 99, New Democrats 44, Bloc Quebecois 10, Greens 1.

The late former US President Richard Nixon of the American style mother scam called Watergate had remarked casually while on an official visit to Canada in 1972 soon after the birth of Justin, "I'd like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau," recalls CNN and the oldies.

Now what lies ahead for the people of Canada? His website gives a hint that he is determined to make things happen his way. That he has come of political age! For, he talks of issues and only issues. He ardently will seek to make the government more accessible and transparent, upholding the rights of others. Will plan "taxes more fair", providing relief to the middle class, bring forward child benefit schemes, and support to low-income families. Notably, he asserts that he will "reopen Canada's doors" to immigrants, especially to show humanity to those living separately to help them bring in their families. On the foreign front, he will end the combat mission in Iraq and scale up Canada's involvement in international peacekeeping. Next on the agenda is gun control, the bottom of all issues.

Trudeau's son claims to bring about a positive vision for Canadians, whatever it means. He believes the "better is always possible."

However, the BBC commented, for everyone anywhere to take note, "Mr Trudeau's infrastructure policy is projected to cost C$10 bn in the first two years, equivalent to 0.5% of Canada's GDP - tipping the federal budget into deficit. But, BBC business reporter Robert Plummer says, if the money is spent on the wrong kind of infrastructure, it may not do any good while saddling the government with unnecessary debt."

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