2019 federal election results: What’s next for foodservice?

Published October 22, 2019

Canadians have spoken! After securing a total of 157 seats, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have received a second mandate from voters.

How did Canadians vote?

While the Liberals retained enough seats to form a minority government, the Conservatives nearly swept Alberta and Saskatchewan and won roughly 34 per cent of the popular vote (about a percentage point more than the Liberals). They will remain the official opposition with 121 seats.

Meanwhile the New Democratic Party will experience an overall reduction in their representation in the House of Commons, winning 24 seats, down from 39.

The Bloc Québécois made significant gains in Quebec, more than tripling its seat count to win a total of 32 seats.

The Greens increased their representation by another seat, their first outside of British Columbia, bringing their total to 3 seats.

For full riding-by-riding results, a breakdown by province and overall party standings, check out this interactive web page from the CBC.

What will this mean for foodservice?

The minority status of the new Liberal government will present some challenges as well as opportunities for the foodservice industry over the months and years ahead.

With the same party in power, the federal government should be able to get back to work after a minimal transition period. This means work that was previously underway on priority issues for the foodservice sector can resume without significant delays.

However, given their minority status, the Liberals will need the support of other parties to advance their agenda. Alliances might need to be sought before progress can be made on certain issues.

What’s next?

Cabinet ministers are likely to be named in the coming weeks, with accompanying mandate letters that will confirm the new government’s agenda.

Restaurants Canada looks forward to working with all new and existing Members of Parliament and other key decision-makers in the federal government on ways to help restaurants across the country continue nourishing our nation.

Visit our federal election resource page to learn more about our policy recommendations on key issues of importance for the foodservice industry.

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec, at DLefebvre@restaurantscanada.org.

Marlee Wasser

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