Stephen Harper is set to secure a landslide victory in Newfoundland’s federal general election, a surprise result for the Conservatives and a major boost for his governing Liberals.
Mr. Harper won the provincial election by more than five percentage points in 2011, a result that was more than double his margin of victory in the federal election two years earlier.
The Liberal Party won the province in a landslide in 2011.
But a major shift has occurred in the province, with the Liberals winning by a more narrow margin than their share of the vote.
In Newfoundland, the Liberals had about 22 per cent of the popular vote in 2011 and about 22.6 per cent in 2017.
In 2017, the Liberal Party received about 17 per cent, compared with the 23 per cent they received in 2011 — a difference that has largely narrowed.
The Liberals’ share of Newfoundland’s popular vote is down from nearly 27 per cent four years ago.
Newfoundland and the Labrador is the only province in Canada to hold two elections in the same year.
The province also had the nation’s worst electoral system.
In 2011, voters in Newfoundland voted for the Progressive Conservative Party, which led to the appointment of two Progressive Conservative mayors and the creation of a Liberal-dominated council, the New Brunswick-based Progressive Conservatives.
The Newfoundland Liberals were elected in 2010 and won a majority in the legislature.
The Conservatives won the federal elections in 2011 with a majority of about 36 per cent.
The results were not reflected in the provincial results because the Liberals were not represented in the lower house.
The election results come a day after Mr. Trudeau defeated his Conservative rival, former finance minister Joe Oliver, in the New England byelection, a win that the Liberals celebrated.
“The NDP will have a very hard time taking the seat in Newfoundland,” Mr. Oliver said, adding that he will not seek another term in power in Newfoundland.
The NDP has pledged to make a significant push for the province’s future and is running on a platform that includes new pipelines to the Atlantic and a carbon tax.
Mr, Trudeau has also promised to improve the quality of life in Newfoundland by introducing an increase in the minimum wage and increasing taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
He has also pledged to create a new $20-a-day minimum wage in Newfoundland, which is currently $12.30 a day.
“We are very clear that we will take a leadership role and lead the fight to raise the minimum wages across the country,” he said.
Mr Oliver said he would not seek re-election and has announced he will run for the Newfoundland legislature in 2019.
Mr Trudeau said he is confident that the results in Newfoundland will not be a problem.
“I think the province will turn out the way it should, and that’s what I’m hoping,” he told reporters at a press conference with the premier.
“If the results are what I expected, that would be the best outcome for Newfoundland.”
With files from The Canadian Press