What could the post-election future hold for federal party leaders?


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – While the future may be bright for whichever leader wins the election, what about the others?

A loss could very well mean the end for Stephen Harper after three terms, although nothing is certain.

“It all depends on how badly he loses. If he comes in with a minority government — but still has the most seats — he may try and stay on. If he comes in second, say with a 115-130 seats, he may try to meet Parliament,” says political scientist Keith Brownsey with Mount Royal University.

He tells us the same is true for NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, who has been speculated to be on the hot seat.

But he says, “Mulcair may say, ‘This was an aberration. We can do better under my leadership. I want to stay on.’ There are ways to do that.”

He points to former BC premier Dave Barrett, who remained in office for years after his party was defeated, as an example.

Brownsey adds it’s likely Justin Trudeau will remain as Liberal leader, unless the party is defeated and Trudeau loses his riding.

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