“To this country’s friends all around the world, many of you have wondered that Canada has lost a compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years,” Trudeau told jubilant supporters in Ottawa. “Well, I have a simple message for you on behalf of 35 million Canadians: were back.” The win marked a turn in political fortunes that smashed the record for the number of seats gained from one election to the next. The center-left Liberals had been a distant third-place party before the vote. “When the time for change strikes, it’s lethal,” former Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney said in a television interview. View gallery Liberal leader and Canada’s Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau greets supporters during a r “This afternoon we can celebrate but the work is only beginning,” Trudeau, speaking in French, told the Ottawa rally. Trudeau attacked Harper relentlessly for turning Canada into a “pariah” on climate change issues. He pledged to attend the Paris conference, then convene the country’s provincial premiers within 90 days to create national emissions targets under a framework that would allow provinces to set a price on carbon. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Harper’s defeat will not affect Kerry’s decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline between the two countries. Trudeau backs Keystone and has vowed to repair cool relations between Ottawa and Washington.
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