Canadian voters re-elect Liberals to minority government

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by: Guy W. Giorno
June 2004

Canadians today re-elected the federal Liberal government, but with significantly reduced representation in the House of Commons that may force the Liberals to obtain the support of the New Democratic Party to enact important legislation.

The Liberals, led by incumbent Prime Minister Paul Martin, won 135 seats. The total is more than that of any other party, but short of the 155-seat majority that would enable them to implement their policies without the support of MPs from one or more of the other parties.