Canada’s Trudeau clings to power, but loses some of his lustre

FILE PHOTO: Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his son Xavier and his daughter Ella-Grace, votes in the federal election in Montreal, Quebec, Canada October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held on to his job in Monday’s election, securing his spot as one of the world’s few high-profile progressive leaders, but tarnished by scandal and with his power diminished.

The man former U.S. President Barack Obama privately anointed as a successor in global diplomacy survived a blackface scandal and the disclosure that he sought to interfere with a federal corruption prosecution, but just barely.

Trudeau’s Liberals, who won power four years ago with a strong parliamentary majority, were projected by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp to form a minority government after a tight election battle with the Conservative Party led by Andrew Scheer. That would leave Trudeau needing the support of smaller opposition parties to govern.