Trudeau Survives Non-Confidence Vote

With all the pandemic has thrown at Canadians, they at least won`t have to worry about going to the polls with masks on as the weather turns colder.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal minority government Wednesday survived a confidence vote by securing the backing needed to avoid plunging the country into a snap pandemic election.

After a day of nail-biting tension and accusations of partisan brinkmanship, the New Democrats, Green and Independent MPs sided with the Liberals to defeat a motion to create a new committee to probe alleged Liberal corruption.

The final vote result was 146 for, and 180 against.

Backing the minority Liberals means that the push from Erin O'Toole's Conservatives, supported by the Bloc Quebecois, has failed. MPs will be going back to the drawing board on how to conduct additional scrutiny into the government’s COVID-19 spending, allegations of conflicts of interest, and the WE Charity controversy.

Because the Liberals declared the vote to create this committee a matter of confidence, if it had been successful it could have triggered an election call, on the one-year anniversary of the last federal election that saw the Liberals reduced to a minority.