I commend each of you who went out and voted in the 2015 federal election. We had the highest voter turnout (just over 68%) in twenty years! As the campaign ends, and signs are removed from yards, many are left with questions as to what will happen next.
The Liberal Party, headed by Justin Trudeau, won 184 seats and will form a majority government. The transition from Prime Minister Harper to Prime Minister Trudeau and the new Cabinet will take a few weeks, and will happen roughly as follows.
First, Prime Minister Stephen Harper must submit his formal resignation to the Governor General. Concurrently, Prime Minister-designate, Justin Trudeau, will build his core team. The Cabinet is made up of Members of Parliament from regions all over Canada and will lead various ministries and agencies. Although rare, the Prime Minister-Designate may select Members of Parliament from outside their party as ministers.
The Prime Minister and Cabinet will be announced by November 4, and sworn into office at a ceremony with the Governor General at Rideau Hall in Ottawa no later than November 15.
While the new government is formed, changes to the other political parties will be seen as well. Although Stephen Harper will remain a Member of Parliament, representing Calgary Heritage, he has announced that he will step down as leader of the Conservative Party. An interim leader will be selected until a new one is elected by party members. Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party, will remain as party leader.
For more information on the election results visit elections.ca.
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