The Conservative candidate defeated by Justin Trudeau Monday warned that although the prime minister managed to secure a second term, he has effectively been placed on notice after losing control of the majority following nail-biting Parliamentary elections in Canada.
Trudeau defeated Andrew Scheer and won a second term as prime minister in Canada’s national elections Monday, delivering unexpectedly strong results despite having been weakened by a series of scandals that tarnished his image as a liberal icon.
Scheer said when Trudeau first won in 2015 he looked unstoppable, but he said the times have changed. Trudeau will likely rely on Conservatives to push through legislation.
“Tonight Conservatives have put Justin Trudeau on notice,” Scheer said. “And Mr. Trudeau when your government falls, Conservatives will be ready and we will win.”
Trudeau reasserted the country’s liberal identity in 2015 after almost 10 years of Conservative rule and has been viewed as a beacon of hope for liberals in the Trump era. Scheer declared Tuesday that Conservatives are ready to pounce in the next elections.
Polls showed Scheer had a chance for victory after a combination of scandals and high expectations damaged Trudeau’s prospects. Trudeau faced an uphill electoral battle after old photos of him in blackface and brownface surfaced last month, casting doubt on his judgment.
The handsome son of liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau also was hurt by a scandal that erupted earlier this year, when his former attorney general said he pressured her to halt the prosecution of a Quebec company. Trudeau has said he was standing up for jobs, but enough damage was done to give the Conservatives an opening.
“Andrew is what I call a severely normal Canadian,” Jason Kenney, Alberta’s conservative premier and the godfather of one of Scheer’s five kids, told The Associated Press. “His personality is the opposite of Justin’s. Andrew is not at home naturally preening for the cameras.”
President Trump congratulated Trudeau on his second-term victory early Tuesday on Twitter.
“Congratulations to @JustinTrudeau on a wonderful and hard fought victory. Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!” Trump tweeted after midnight.
Trudeau was championed for securing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was perhaps his most noteworthy accomplishment during his first term as prime minister. Canada relies on the U.S. for 75 percent of its exports.
Gallup, N.M., is known as “the heart of Indian country.” It’s sadly one of the poorest areas in the nation and has an important lesson for all Americans about our nation’s future.
My grandparents owned one of the first trading posts in Gallup. I grew up working in my dad’s small business.
I’m a Latina with New Mexico roots over 15 generations deep on dad’s side of the family and on my mother’s side we’re Zuni and Navajo. I’m an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and … I’m a Republican.
My life experience made me a Republican. Growing up I witnessed firsthand the poverty and destruction government policies had on my people and my peoples’ land — the Indian reservation.
Overlapping, paternalistic federal and state programs, including fully funded and inefficient healthcare, dominate the reservations’ economies. The restrictions the government places on land use, ownership and business development are microcosms of socialist failure in its purest form.
The government “help” has never encouraged financial self-sufficiency. If anything, the programs have been a disincentive to economic freedom and prosperity.
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While I firmly believe all Americans should benefit from a safety net, I also know government handouts are never as powerful as a hand up. The federal government set up the reservations more than 100 years ago and, just like liberal democrats today, created these subsidized economies because they think they know what’s best for us.
The result of more than 100 years of government assistance is Indian Reservations drowning in poverty. These well-intended programs have made our people the poorest Americans. Some reservations have unemployment rates close to 85 percent, and 29 percent of employed Native Americans nationwide live below the poverty level.
As a Native American woman, when I heard Sen. Elizabeth Warren speak of her heritage, I was intrigued. Then the tragic irony became apparent. Her policies proved she knew nothing about us.
As a Native American woman, when I heard Sen. Elizabeth Warren speak of her heritage, I was intrigued. Then the tragic irony became apparent. While she claimed to be one of us, her policies proved she knew nothing about us.
She’s never experienced firsthand how big government programs fail our people. In fact, she now advocates those failed policies for all Americans.
Over 10 years “Medicare-for-All” will cost $32 trillion. Green New Deal? $93 trillion. Her Green Manufacturing Deal; $2 trillion. In total about $127 trillion.
Economists say the new taxes she has proposed would generate only $3 trillion over 10 years. So where will she find the missing $124 trillion? Warren doesn’t explain that it will require raising taxes on all Americans.
To improve peoples’ lives we can’t force them to rely on the government. Tax cuts and the free-market economy foster growth and opportunity, creating jobs and lifting the poor out of poverty.
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Is it a perfect system? No, but to see more families prosper and have better opportunities, free-market economic policies, especially tax cuts, are proven to work. Socialist government-controlled economies, with handouts and higher taxes, only lead to poverty and misery.
Today, the U.S. unemployment rate is at its the lowest point in 50 years. The jobless rate for Hispanics hit a record low of 3.9 percent in September. African Americans maintained their lowest rate ever at 5.5 percent and adult women came in at 3.1 percent.
Our incredibly strong economy came about in no small part from President Trump’s tax cuts and deregulation of business. We need to preserve the working families’ tax cuts and expand them. That’s what will help all of America’s families and that is one of the biggest reasons I am considering running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.
I’ve seen socialism, up close and personal. It’s not what America needs.
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A former JetBlue employee is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in a Boston federal court on Friday to scamming the airline of nearly $1 million in flights.
Tiffany Jenkins, a former gate agent, used her position to convert low-cost flights to more expensive flights and destinations for friends, family, and acquaintances, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts.
Jenkins, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud. She was arrested and charged in November 2018.
Jenkins had access to JetBlue’s computer reservation database and had the ability to use the special code, “INVOL,” which is short for involuntary exchange, to change flights for customers at no additional cost.
This code is meant to be used by agents to change flights for customers who miss their flights or experience a death in the family.
During a 15-month period, Jenkins used the code approximately 505 times for more than 100 different passengers. The U.S. attorney’s office said many of those exchanges occurred after the passenger first booked low-price domestic flights. Jenkins exchanged those tickets for more expensive international flights instead.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a meeting in Mexico City earlier this month. Hector Vivas/Getty Imageshide caption
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a meeting in Mexico City earlier this month.
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Updated at 3:25 a.m. ET
Canada’s Liberals appear to have won the most seats in Parliament — a result likely to hand Justin Trudeau a second term as prime minister despite a series of scandals that have rocked his government.
With all but two of the 338 seats called as of 3:25 a.m. ET, Trudeau’s Liberal Party had secured 157 seats — a loss of 30 seats — compared to 121 for its main rival, the Conservatives. The regional Bloc Québécois won 32. The New Democrats, who stand to the left of the Liberals and are seen as likely coalition partners for Trudeau – won 24 seats.
Without a majority, the Liberals, who came into the race with a majority of 177 seats, will have to form a minority government, seeking support from one or more smaller rivals to govern.
Despite the loss of an absolute majority, Trudeau’s acceptance speech sounded as though the outcome was a mandate.
“You did it, my friends. Congratulations,” Trudeau told supporters in Montreal early Tuesday.
“To those who did not vote for us, know that we will work every single day for you. We will govern for everyone,” he said.
Even so it was clear, as Jonathan Rose, a political science professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, told Reuters, that the Liberals “are going to need another party, that’s for sure.”
The election pitted Trudeau against Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, seen as a less flashy and no-nonsense opponent.
In his concession speech, Scheer warned: “Mr. Trudeau, when your government falls, Conservatives will be ready, and we will win.”
During the campaign, the Conservatives pushed tax cuts and rejected substantive action on climate change. Although they fell short of enough seats to form a government, they did manage to rout Liberal members of parliament in such places as Saskatchewan and Alberta, where the party won 70 percent of the vote, according to the CBC.
Congratulations to @JustinTrudeau on a wonderful and hard fought victory. Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!
Trudeau, who swept to power in 2015 with a comfortable margin, brought a youthful style and liberal brand of politics into office. His friendship with former President Barack Obama, who endorsed him in Monday’s election, is well known, as is his increasingly strained relationship with President Trump.
Trump congratulated Trudeau in a tweet: “I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both our countries!”
Among other things, Trudeau introduced Canada’s first-ever gender-balanced Cabinet and has worked toward reconciliation with the country’s indigenous communities.
Last month, Trudeau, 47, acknowledged multiple occasions when he wore blackface and brownface as recently as 2001. The incidents, for which he has apologized and expressed regret, have called his judgement and his progressive credentials into question. In 2018, a 20-year-old accusation surfaced that he had groped a female journalist.
Trudeau has also taken heat for his decision to approve the building of the Rocky Mountain oil pipeline and has twice been found guilty of violating the country’s ethics laws.
During the campaign, Scheer pounced on the scandal, calling Trudeau a phony for not being able to remember how many times he had worn blackface and calling him “unfit” for office.
But Scheer faced issues of his own, among them his dual U.S.-Canada citizenship. Earlier this year, he began the process of renouncing his U.S. citizenship, but the appearance of divided loyalties did not sit well with some voters.
In the few weeks leading up to the election, Trudeau and Scheer seemed to be in a dead heat.
Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, told The Associated Press late Monday that he expected Scheer to resign following the vote.
“He’s gone,” Bothwell said. “He ran a really dirty campaign. There is nothing to be proud of on his side. He had the opportunity and blew it.”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Monday seemed to downplay a recent report that Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, would take a stand against President Trump should the impeachment inquiry advance to the second chamber of Congress for a vote.
Gingrich, who competed against Romney in 2012 for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, said on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle that Romney doesn’t have much influence in the Senate given he represents “the old order,” or pre-Trump era, of the GOP.
“The truth is I don’t pay attention to Mitt Romney. I don’t think Mitt Romney matters in the long run of American political history,” Gingrich told Fox News Host Laura Ingraham. “He certainly does not matter in a Donald Trump Republican Party. I think he is a fossilized element of a party that is disappearing.”
Gingrich made the remarks in reaction to a piece published in The Atlantic Sunday titled “The Liberation of Mitt Romney.” The story detailed how the seasoned Utah senator now considers himself free of party constraints and instead, if necessary to secure his legacy, would consider a vote in favor of impeaching Trump.
“I don’t think Mitt’s been in jail so I don’t know what he’s being liberated from,” Gingrich said. “In the end I have a hunch that Romney will be careful about all this, and I’d be a little surprised if he didn’t in the end vote against conviction if in fact it does come to the Senate.”
Ingraham also pointed to Romney’s recent address on the Senate floor rebuking the United States’ intervention, or lack thereof, in the conflict in Syria. Romney, who once sought to become Secretary of State, said “What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a bloodstain on the annals of American history.”
Gingrich said that remark was a “fairly ignorant comment about Turkey. Turkey is a fairly large country with a fairly large military. Our major airbase in the region is in Turkey. Anybody who’s suggesting that you can just shrug off Turkey doesn’t understand anything about the power structure of the Middle East.”
Gingrich wrapped his appearance by comparing football to recent “fumbles” made by White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney—first in a press briefing and then in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace—about whether Trump’s notorious call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky proved quid pro quo.
“Last week for the first time in the 100 year history of the Packers, Aaron Rogers had a perfect game. There’s a lot to learn from not throwing interceptions and not fumbling,” Gingrich said. “And, I think the White House could slow down a little bit and give us a couple weeks of error free ball.”
Top contender Brooke broke through with the season’s first nine scores last week, and continued to show she’s a force with a top-form quick-step to the ’80s classic “Take On Me.” She and Farber started separately on an elaborate, neon-filled ’80s stage, before joining together for the spirited romp.
“That was so bright, I needed sunglasses. I was suntanning,” declared judge Bruno Tonioli, who said the dancers “lost synchronicity on the footwork,” possibly because they started separately.
“But as a performer, you’re a contender,” said Tonioli, who gave an eight (matched by judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who agreed with the synchronicity issue).
In a rare reversal on the show, perpetual-critic judge Len Goodman lashed at other judges for being too harsh on the sync issue. “You need to go to Spec-saver,” said Goodman, before apologizing for the un-Goodman-esque outburst.
“First out, first-class. I liked it very much,” Goodman said in his critique, pointing out “little foot-faults.” He gave a nine score, keeping Brooke near the top.
Total score 25/30
‘The Office’ star Kate Flannery and pro Pasha Pashkov
Flannery continues as a surprise “DWTS” contender and worked an excellent underdog angle in the pre-dance video, talking about working a second restaurant job to pay the bills until she was 41. The comic actress has nailed the fast dances with a smile on her face. But she has struggled to be serious in the competition’s dramatic dances. That was until her passionate spinning in her Viennese waltz Monday night. By the end, the judges were dizzy.
“I am speechless,” said Inaba. “When you put in the hard work and learn the technique, it pays off. It felt like the most victorious Viennese waltz.” She gave Flannery the star’s first nine score of the season, and the other judges followed with the lofty score.
“I am a happy chappie,” said a smitten Goodman, calling the number an “absolutely great performance.”
Final score: 27/30
Comedian/actor Kel Mitchell and pro Witney Carson
Mitchell has been a star on the rise, earning his highest score last week. To train for his Monday quick-step, Carson called in fellow dancers Spicer and Hannah Brown to hurl dodgeballs at Mitchell. The training paid off in a ridiculously light quick-step to “Part Time Lover,” including intricate sections where Mitchell was dancing flawlessly on his own. Carson stepped on her dress during one errant moment, a mistake noticed by Goodman, who called it “a major incident.”
Goodman called the dance overall “an amazing job, fast and clean” and gave an eight. But his criticism over the mistake was the night’s most heated judge battle. Show interviewer Erin Andrews calling Goodman “a jerk” for making Carson cry in a pointed joke.
Inaba called the routine “ridiculously amazing” with the “one tiny” mistake. She gave a nine, matched by Tonioli.
Total score 25/30
‘Queer Eye’ culture expert Karamo and pro Jenna Johnson
Karamo upped the emotional stakes bringing his estranged father, who once couldn’t accept his son’s sexuality, onto the show and dedicating the contemporary dance to him. The moving, acrobatic dance on the fog-filled dance floor featured the completely open-shirted Karamo looking ponderous for the entire routine. He collapsed into a heap at the end of the dance in tears.
Goodman, who has been a harsh critic, called the dance “fluid. It had a lovely flow to it throughout. Really well-constructed dance.” He gave an eight, matching Tonioli.
Inaba was blown away, saying that contemporary dance was about “taking the inside and putting it on the outside” showing “love and passion and connection.” She gave a nine.
Final score: 25/30
‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown and pro Alan Bersten
Brown continues to show her post-“Bachelorette” emotions, crying into the arms of partner Bersten during their pre-dance video. She brought her parents from Alabama to cheer her up, and danced a country-style samba to Carrie Underwood’s “Southbound.” Brown wore a white belle dress and Bersten donned a denim shirt and jeans.
Somehow it worked, and even featured a shake from Brown hips, as requested by the judges. It wasn’t quite reckless abandon, but movement.
“You brought Brazil to Nashville and country flavor to correct samba motion,” said Tonioli, who gave an eight, matched by all the judges
“No question you’re a phenomenal dancer, with moments of excellence,” said Inaba, who said not everything in the routine “quite worked.”
Final score: 24/30
Sailor Brinkley-Cook and pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Brinkley-Cook continued to try to step out of her mother Christie Brinkley’s shadow with a buoyant jive to “Wake Me Up Before You Go.” Since taking over for her mother, Brinkley-Cook has sparkled. But the shine was especially bright Monday, as she hopped with confidence during the number. She owned the dance floor and was positively beaming afterward.
“That’s wasn’t decaffeinated, that was chock full of flavor,” said Goodman, giving a nine score (matched by all judges)..
“You have got it all at your disposal,” said Tonioli. “She was like, ‘Look at me, I am the star.’ “
Final score: 27/30
Sean Spicer and pro Lindsay Arnold
Spicer showed off a new side with his Viennese waltz to “Someone to Love” wearing his now-trademark fixed dancing smile and a tuxedo while dedicating the dance to his wife of 15 years. “At heart, I’m a pretty romantic guy,” he said. There were green lasers on the dance floor, a number of minor missteps but Spicer kept smiling throughout holding his arms out with all the grace of a G.I. Joe doll. As the dance ended, he produced a bouquet of roses for his wife in the audience.
“I admire your tenacity and hard work. Dancing doesn’t come easily to you, but you give it your all,” said Goodman.
Tonioli called his look, “almost regal” praising an “incredibly brave attempt” even if, at times, his footwork “looked like tumbleweeds.” The judge stressed that his seven score reflected “effort.” The score was matched by all judges for Spicer’s best score of the season. Adding President Trump’s tweet support, and Spicer looked to be tough to beat.
Final score: 21/30
Actor James Van Der Beek and pro Emma Slater
The “Dawson’s Creek” star came out on fire at season’s start, but has risked flat-lining in the results in past weeks. The judges want to see more progress, and Goodman said he needed to see more “hip action” in the samba. Van Der Beek brought that hip action to such a high level in his techno routine that the judges were tripping over themselves to find adjectives to describe his moving body parts.
“That was a close encounters of the hips kind,” purred Tonioli, whose nine was matched by all judges.
“The whole thing was just ridiculous; it was off the charts,” swooned Inaba.
Goodman rocked it with this comment: “Tootie-frutty, what a booty!” So Len. The marks were Van Der Beek’s highest in the season.
Country singer Lauren Alaina and pro Gleb Savchenko
The waterworks truly started with the last dance, coming on the one-year anniversary of Alaina’s beloved stepfather, Sam, dying of cancer at 47. Her contemporary dance to her own song “The Other Side” was profoundly moving on the darkened stage. Onstage at the end, she held her hand to heaven and burst into tears. The tears continued as she hugged her mother in the audience, sobbing and through the judges’ comments.
“You’re a brave woman, dancing tonight. You touched all of our hearts tonight,” said Inaba, who gave a nine. “There were angels all over you dancing.”
Tonioli said he was “so happy to see so much love, truth and honesty” in the dance.
So what happened?
Alaina was the first couple shown to be saved by the judges’ scores and votes, and Spicer too quickly cleared the dance floor, safe.
In the end, it was Ally and Sasha along with Sailor and Val left in the bottom two of the dance competition. That left the final call to the judges to decide on the one couple spared, and the one sent home. Inaba and Tonioli struggled for words as they made the difficult decision to save Ally and Sasha.
This meant Sailor Brinkley-Cook, who had stepped in to dance for her injured mother, was voted off. The unrelenting tears flowed to such an extent for the young model that her pro partner had to shepherd her out of the camera’s view, hugging her in an attempt to give comfort.
“This is a hard one, a hard one,” said host Tom Bergeron, shaking his head.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was headed to a second term on Monday after an often ugly campaign that became a referendum on his character and on his authenticity as an earnest standard-bearer for liberalism.
Mr. Trudeau’s Liberal Party will not retain its majority in Canada’s House of Commons, according to projections by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, but it will keep enough seats to allow Mr. Trudeau to form a government, with support from two left-leaning parties.
The victory was a personal vindication for Mr. Trudeau, who battled accusations that he had bullied his former attorney general, an Indigenous woman, and faced damaging revelations late in the race that he had dressed in blackface and brownface as a young man.
But these problems also clearly took a toll. The Liberals’ share of the popular vote fell throughout the country as it was losing its hold over the House of Commons.
“It’s a reflection of the fact that the shine has come off the Trudeau brand,” said Andrew McDougall, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto.
While Mr. Trudeau acknowledged early Tuesday morning “that it is always possible to do better,” his acceptance speech was victorious rather than repentant.
“From coast to coast to coast, Canadians rejected division and negativity,” he said in Montreal. “For four years we have done everything we could to improve people’s lives and that is what we will continue to do.”
Mr. Trudeau may have benefited from having an opponent, Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party, who lacked his star power. Mr. Scheer focused his campaign on Mr. Trudeau’s character — calling him a “fraud” who is “always wearing a mask” — rather than putting forward his own defining vision for the nation beyond cutting taxes.
Mr. Trudeau’s return to office is a comeback of sorts for a man who was a celebrity from birth, as the first child born to a sitting Canadian prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. He has often been underestimated, and has consistently defied expectations since entering politics.
His victory in 2015 was a surprise. His win on Monday, no matter how qualified, had been by no means assured. A charismatic figure, Mr. Trudeau came to power in 2015, touting himself as a new kind of politician — a self-proclaimed feminist committed to fighting climate change, open to refugees and dedicated to transparent, collaborative decision-making, what he called “sunny ways.”
Mr. Trudeau must not only mend public opinion about his character but work with political rivals to advance his agenda.
“Trudeau comes out of this likely relieved but chastened,” said Shachi Kurl, the executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, a nonprofit polling group. “If the last two years weren’t easy, it’s only going to get harder. Those sunny ways are just so past now.”
At the outset of his political career, Mr. Trudeau captured the global imagination with his shirtless jogs, gravity-defying yoga poses and feel-good progressivism. “Canada is back,” he famously said when he came to power in 2015.
During the campaign, crowds flocked to his events and to take selfies with him. In the end, voters appear to have concluded, even if reluctantly, that he was the best option to lead the country.
Earlier this year, it appeared as if Mr. Trudeau would easily stroll toward a second term.
Upon gaining power four years ago, he created a gender-balanced cabinet and stepped up efforts to make amends for Canada’s historical wrongs against Indigenous people. His government introduced significant changes. It legalized assisted dying and recreational marijuana, and it put forward a national carbon tax plan.
Mr. Trudeau swiftly moved to admit 25,000 Syrian refugees, personally handing out parkas to some on their arrival. He stood up to President Trump, getting him to back down on steel and aluminum tariffs. Still, Mr. Trump tweeted his congratulations.
Canada prospered during his term, with unemployment now at its lowest level in decades.
To the public, those achievements seemed to have tempered disappointments, like a trip to India where the prime minister’s fondness for dressing in local ceremonial clothing embarrassed many back home.
Other setbacks were a deterioration of relations with China and a broken promise to change how Canadians vote.
Mr. Trudeau’s carefully groomed image began to shatter this year when his former attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, accused him of improperly pressing her on how to handle a criminal corruption case against a major engineering company.
The prime minister wanted her to use a new law to settle the case with a hefty fine, rather than pursuing a criminal conviction. He said he was trying to save jobs because a criminal penalty would have barred the company, SNC-Lavalin, from government work.
But Ms. Wilson-Raybould, an Indigenous leader, said Mr. Trudeau and his mainly male aides had bullied her. Parliament’s ethics commissioner later found that Mr. Trudeau had broken conflict-of-interest laws. The clash undercut his promises to conduct politics in the open, without any back-room dealings.
Mr. Trudeau eventually cast Ms. Wilson-Raybould out of the Liberal Party along with her former cabinet ally, Jane Philpott. On Monday, Ms. Wilson-Raybould was successful in her bid for re-election as an independent member of Parliament in Vancouver, British Columbia, a difficult feat in Canada. Ms. Philpott lost her bid to be re-elected in suburban Toronto.
When the campaign officially began in September, Mr. Trudeau appeared to be bouncing back from the ethics controversy. But then old photographs of him dressing in brownface and blackface appeared. Longstanding questions about his character and authenticity resurfaced.
Mr. Trudeau will not form a formal coalition with any of the three smaller parties in Canada. Instead he will rely on their support on a vote-by-vote basis.
The Bloc Québécois, a party that promotes Quebec’s independence and that appeared near extinction at the beginning of the year, emerged with the third highest number of seats in the new House of Commons, the least expected outcome of the vote.
Jagmeet Singh of the New Democratic Party, or N.D.P., the first nonwhite to lead a major Canadian party, struggled before the campaign and during its early days. While he caught the eye of many voters, the party ultimately collapsed in Quebec, its stronghold since 2011, and will be a smaller force in Parliament going forward.
And the Green Party also failed to make a major breakthrough, with incomplete results indicating that it will gain one more seat, taking its total to three.
The People’s Party of Canada, a new far-right movement, found no electoral success. Even its founder, the former Conservative foreign minister Maxime Bernier, lost his re-election bid.
Early Tuesday morning before all the ballots had been counted, the Liberals held 156 seats, 14 short of majority. The Conservatives, led by Mr. Scheer, won 122 seats. As was the case in polls throughout the campaign, the two parties were roughly tied in the popular vote, with the Conservatives slightly ahead.
Given the weakness of Liberals going into the campaign, analysts were already speculating that the disappointing result may now jeopardize Mr. Scheer’s hold on the party’s leadership.
On Monday, however, Mr. Scheer acted more like a winner, telling supporters that reducing Mr. Trudeau’s grip on Parliament set the stage for a complete Liberal defeat in the next election, adding that the Conservatives had been given “an endorsement from the Canadian people that it was the government in waiting.”
In the campaign, Mr. Scheer argued that he better understood and empathized with middle-class citizens, who are also the prime minister’s target audience. At a time when climate change topped voters’ concerns in many polls, Mr. Scheer pushed to cancel a carbon tax introduced by Mr. Trudeau and proposed a carbon reduction plan universally declared to be inadequate. An opponent of abortion who avoids gay pride parades, Mr. Scheer’s social conservatism evidently turned off many Canadians.
But the campaign overall focused more on personalties and Mr. Trudeau’s shortcomings than the issues and became exceptionally acrimonious, experts said.
Lori Turnbull, a professor of political science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said the lack of constructive political debate and focus on childish name calling was nothing less than “tragic.”
“It shocks me that this has been one of the most policy-void elections that we’ve ever seen,” she said. “The narrative of the campaign has been leaders taking swipes at one another and trying to find ways to get people to not trust the other person.”
Pacific Gas & Electric warned that it would likely cut power temporarily to hundreds of thousands of customers in Northern California by Wednesday night for the second time in two weeks.
A growing threat of offshore winds combined with dry air and high temperatures have made 16 counties in the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay vulnerable to wildfires, the utility said on Monday. The company sent phone messages, texts and emails to those who might be affected by the shut-off, as a new fire in Southern California burned near multimillion-dollar homes.
The sole purpose of the shut-off “is to significantly reduce catastrophic wildfire risk to our customers and communities,” said Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president for electric operations, who made the decision to cut power to about two million people two weeks ago.
Bill Johnson, PG&E’s chief executive officer, said during a news conference that “we don’t want to turn off the power,” but the threat of high winds and dry conditions increased the risk that the equipment could cause fires. He said several steps have been taken to improve the power shut-off process this time, including making community resource centers with restrooms, bottled water, chargers for electronic devices and other amenities available ahead of the blackouts.
Residents scrambled to purchase power generators. Those with disabilities and dire health concerns found their lives endangered.
The utility used the power shut-offs to prevent another year of devastating wildfires, modeling after San Diego Gas & Electric, which pioneered the strategy.
Guarding against wildfires caused by its equipment has become critical for PG&E. The company filed for bankruptcy in January as it faced tens of billions of dollars in liability claims. Its equipment had been blamed for causing two dozens fires in recent years.
But state regulators and Gov. Gavin Newsom railed against PG&E’s executives for their handling of the power shut-offs, saying the company had again failed at its job.
“What we saw play out with PG&E last week cannot be repeated,” Marybel Batjer, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, said during an emergency hearing Friday to discuss the utility’s actions. “Unless it is executed well, shutting off power has severe health and economic consequences.”
Mr. Johnson said during Monday’s news conference that the severe weather approaching Northern California raised the possibility that the utility would have to cut power again.
PG&E’s meteorological and operations teams determined that strong and dry offshore wind gusts might exceed 55 miles per hour late Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon for portions of the Sierra Foothills. Gusts of 35 to 45 m.p.h. have been forecast for some North Bay counties, with some localized areas expected to experience 55 m.p.h. gusts.
State officials have classified more than half of PG&E’s 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California as posing a high fire threat due to dry grasses and numerous dead and dying trees. The state’s high-risk areas have tripled in size in seven years.
For this event, PG&E said customers visiting the pge.com website are being redirected to a special, strength-tested site that can accommodate high volumes of traffic. The temporary site provides customer information by address, community resource center locations and other shutdown-related information. Online services such as bill payments will be unavailable until after power has been restored.
Mr. Johnson said the increasingly disastrous effects of climate change will continue to make power shut-offs necessary, though less often as PG&E and other utilities harden their electric systems. But he said it will likely take a decade before PG&E no longer uses power shut-offs as a tool for preventing wildfires based on what he has seen from the experiences at San Diego Gas & Electric, which began work on its system after fires in 2007.
“I think we’re being realistic about it,” Mr. Johnson said. “There will be fewer every year.”
Time is of the essence for PG&E, California’s largest utility, to demonstrate its ability to manage its operations.
Cities like San Francisco and San Jose have increasingly called for breaking up PG&E and turning its operations into municipal utilities.
Mr. Newsom has said he wants PG&E to issue rebates of $100 to residential customers and $250 to small businesses for the impact of the power shut-offs earlier this month. Mr. Johnson said the utility is reviewing the idea but he is concerned about the precedent such a request might set.
For all the criticism, Mr. Johnson has maintained that the most significant result of the power shut-off strategy has been that it prevented the utility’s equipment from causing a wildfire. Even though the execution of the power shut-offs was poor, he said he believes the scope targeting the two million people was necessary.
“We got that right,” Mr. Johnson said.
State Sen. Jerry Hill, a Bay Area Democrat, said that after numerous incidents involving the utility’s negligence that have cost the lives of scores of people throughout the company’s service area, it has become difficult to believe PG&E.
“We just don’t, we meaning the public, we can’t rely on their assessment of the need,” Mr. Hill said. “It may be necessary, but there’s no one to verify their actions and no one can trust their actions.”
Stephen Colbert had some sarcastic praise for President Donald Trump for initially selecting one of his own resorts to host next year’s G-7 meeting.
As the “Late Show” host noted on Monday night, some Republican lawmakers rushed to defend Trump despite the obvious personal and financial conflict of interest in hosting the event at a property he owns.
“Yes, there’s a certain refreshing candor,” Colbert said.
Then, he broke out his Trump impression to read off a very candid impeachment bucket list:
SportsPulse: With their slogan being ‘take it back’ all season, the Astros aren’t shy discussing their past successes and failures and how it fuels them in putting together a potential dynasty. USA TODAY
The Houston Astros responded Monday night to a Sports Illustrated article alleging that assistant general manager Brandon Taubman had taunted a group of female reporters in the clubhouse after Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
Wrote SI reporter Stephanie Apstein: “Assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, ‘Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so (bleeping) glad we got Osuna!’ “
The Astros released a statement responding to the article:
“The story posted by Sports Illustrated is misleading and completely irresponsible. An Astros player was being asked questions about a difficult outing. Our executive was supporting the player during a difficult time. His comments had everything to do about the game situation that just occurred and nothing else – they were also not directed toward any specific reporters. We are extremely disappointed in Sports Illustrated‘s attempt to fabricate a story where one does not exist.”
Osuna gave up a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth on Saturday, but the Astros won the game on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning to clinch a spot in the World Series.