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Tories won the popular vote but the Liberals will govern. Here’s why

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Justin Trudeau will continue his time as prime minister after his in the House of Commons during Monday’s federal election — but his party didn’t get the most votes.

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The Liberals garnered 33 per cent of the popular vote, less than the Conservatives’ 34 per cent. New Democrats followed with 15 per cent, while the Bloc Québécois earned eight per cent and the Greens got six per cent. 

However, under the current first-past-the-post electoral system, the number of seats won by a party determines who wins — not the number of overall votes. 

The votes translated into 157 seats for the Liberals and 121 for the Conservatives, leaving New Democrats with 24, including a near wipeout in Quebec where the resurgent Bloc grabbed 32 seats.
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