Trudeau could — and should — govern even if Scheer wins more seats..

We are heading for an election result that could look a lot like that of 1972.

That was Pierre Trudeau’s second election. Like his son, Trudeau-père had won a big majority the first-time round, in 1968. His slogan in 1972 was “the land is strong” but his result was not strong. The Liberal prime minister lost his majority and ended up just two seats ahead of Robert Stanfield’s Progressive Conservatives. The NDP held the balance of power with 31 seats.

Now, in 2019, the slogan for Canadians who consider themselves to be progressive could be: “the land is apprehensive.”

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