Editor's note: All dollar figures in Canadian currency.
Canadians have elected another minority Liberal government — almost identical to the one it replaced — to finish the fight against COVID-19 and rebuild the shattered economy.
Precisely how stable a minority remains to be seen, as results were still trickling in and there were tight contests in dozens of ridings as the clock ran out on Monday night.
There are also almost 800,000 mail-in ballots to be counted, starting Tuesday, which could yet change the preliminary results in many of those tightly contested seats.
Early Tuesday, Justin Trudeau's Liberals were leading or elected in 158 seats — just one more than they won in 2019 and a dozen short of the 170 needed for a majority in the House of Commons.
Erin O'Toole's Conservatives were leading or elected in 121 seats, the same as 2019 even though they won slightly more of the popular vote than the Liberals.
Jagmeet Singh's NDP were leading or elected in 26, a gain of two seats, while Yves-Francois Blanchet's Bloc Quebecois was down one to 31.
The Greens, which elected three MPs in 2019, were down to two.
The win marks the Liberals’ third government in six years.
What a Liberal government could mean for Canada’s auto sector:
Under previous mandates, the Liberals established a relatively consistent track record for automotive support and investment, particularly when it comes to electric vehicles.
The government announced in June that it wants all new light-duty vehicles sold in Canada be zero-emissions by 2035, advancing the previous goal five years. However, the government didn’t legislate the goal, avoiding an all-out ban on the internal-combustion engine. The promise made on the campaign trail reiterated the 2035 target, as well as committed to working with industry to develop a regulated sales requirement that would make 50 per cent of light-duty vehicles zero-emissions by 2030.
The plan pushes up the timeline for creating an all-ZEV federal fleet as well. The Liberals now plan to electrify all federal vehicles by 2030, compared to 80 per cent of the federal fleet by 2030 previously.