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    Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau suffered a shattering blow when the country's General election results were announced today (Tuesday) - and the political situation in Canada is now uncertain.

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    Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau suffered a shattering blow when the country's General election results were announced today (Tuesday) - and the political situation in Canada is now uncertain.

    Mr Trudeau's Liberal Party lost its majority. It now has 100 seats while the Progressive Conservative Party has 109. The Socialist New Democratic Party hold the balance of power with 30 seats: the right-wing Social Credit party have 14, and two Independents were elected.

    Mr Trudeau is expected to try to remain in power with support from the smaller parties, but Canadians are unhappy at the prospect of their fifth minority government in 15 years, and there is already talk of a fresh election within a year.

    The result was seen as a defeat for Mr Trudeau, who swept to power with 155 seats in the last election in 1968. The Prime Minister - who became famous for his youthful, trend-setting image - lost four of his cabinet ministers in the poll.

    The Progressive Conservatives are led by Mr Robert Stanfield, who was a highly successful Premier in his native province of Nova Scotia, but was widely regarded as an unsuitable choice when he took over the party's national leadership from Robert Diefenbaker in 1967. A rival politician once commented that every television appearance by Mr Stanfield cost the Progressive Conservatives 10,000 votes. But Mr Stanfield, unassuming and slightly hunched through a spinal deformity, refused to change his personality to suit the image-makers, and instead concentrated, successfully, on uniting the extremes of his party while guiding it towards progressive policies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA537PPEQ3FLX7EY9NE2JXM7CNU
    Media URN:
    VLVA537PPEQ3FLX7EY9NE2JXM7CNU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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