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On October 25, 1993, the Liberal Party of Canada won the federal election.


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On October 25, 1993, the Liberal Party of Canada, led by Jean Chrétien, won a resounding victory in the Canadian federal elections. A look back at this event through our archives.

His victory, the second largest majority in the history of the Liberal Party, Jean Chrétien wanted to celebrate this morning with his organizers from the county of Saint-Maurice.

A quote from Guy Gendron

On October 25, 1993, Canadian voters unequivocally showed the door to the Progressive Conservative government led by Prime Minister Kim Campbell.

It is a swing of the pendulum because, on September 4, 1984, the Liberal Party of Canada, in power for 16 years, suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Progressive Conservative Party, then led by Brian Mulroney.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Report by host Simon Durivage on the results of the federal elections and report by journalist Guy Gendron on the first day of Prime Minister-elect Jean Chrétien

This resounding victory for Jean Chrétien's Liberals was confirmed on October 26, 1993 by the host of Montreal Tonight, Simon Durivage.

The Liberals will have a comfortable majority in the House of Commons.

Recounts are being carried out in some ridings because the results there are extremely close.

The official opposition will therefore be either the Bloc Québécois or the Reform Party.

As for the Progressive Conservative and New Democratic parties, they were practically wiped from the electoral map.

The following report by journalist Guy Gendron describes the first day of the elected Prime Minister and confirms that this election will bring about big changes in his life. p>

Host Simon Durivage discusses with Robert Bernier, Alain Dubuc and Alain Giguère the evolution of the 1993 federal election campaign.

A few days before the election, on October 22, 1993, the host ofMontreal this evening,Simon Durivage, invites analysts to dissect the progress of the federal election campaign.

Robert Bernier, political scientist at the University of Ottawa, journalist Alain Dubuc of the daily newspaperLa Presse and Alain Giguère, president of the polling house CROP, say that the chips are down: the Liberals should win the Canadian election.

According to these analysts, the gaffes and about-faces of leader Kim Campbell would explain the decline of the Progressive Conservative Party in voting intentions and the progress of the party by Jean Chrétien.

The composition of the next House of Commons, experts predict, will also be part of a new chapter in the political history of Canada.

The country is undergoing the upheavals of the period after the failure of the Meech Lake constitutional agreement.

In this context, the two main opposition parties in the federal Parliament, the Reform Party and the Bloc Québécois, will come to terms with visions of the future diametrically opposed policies of Canada.

This new political landscape, analysts believe, should persist in Canada for several years.

The presence of the Bloc Québécois and the Reform Party as main sources of opposition to the government of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is not the only unprecedented situation resulting from the federal election of October 25, 1993.

In this news legislature, two thirds of those elected have never sat as parliamentarians.

In this context, the House of Commons organized welcome and orientation sessions to better integrate all these newcomers.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Report by journalist Julie Miville-Dechêne on the orientation process given to new MPs by House of Commons staff. Simon Durivage hosts the show.

On October 28, 1993, journalist Julie Miville-Dechêne presented at Montreal Tonighta report which follows the first steps of a new Liberal MP, Manitoban John Gerrard, in this world which is fairly unknown to him.

The staff of the House of Commons does everything to make life easier for the new parliamentarian.

We also provide him with very important information, such as the budget allocated to him for the operation of his office and the financial allocations to which he is entitled.

The staff also informs him of other services to which he has access and which raise the eyebrows of the new parliamentarian.

This liberal reign, inaugurated in 1993 by Jean Chrétien, will end on January 23, 2006, where the Conservative Party, led by Stephen Harper, defeats the Liberal Party of Canada led by Prime Minister Paul Martin.

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