Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party wins election

11:38 p.m. ET, October 21, 2019

Here's what happened tonight in Canada's election

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced reelection today in Canada. Going into the day the polls were tight. Here's what happened...

  • Trudeau's party is projected to win: Trudeau's Liberal Party is projected to win Canada’s general elections, according to CBC News and CTV News.
  • Canada's Liberal Party expected to be a minority government: The Liberal Party is expected to return to power, but as a minority government — which would be a partnership with one or more other parties, according to CBC News and CTV News.
  • Blackface controversy: Last month, Trudeau had to apologize not just for wearing blackface during a school event nearly two decades ago — but admitting he had no idea how many times he had chosen to do so in his life.

11:26 p.m. ET, October 21, 2019

Canada's Liberal Party expected to be a minority government

 Liberal supporters react as results roll in at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election night headquarters.
 Liberal supporters react as results roll in at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election night headquarters. Cole Burston/Getty Images

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is expected to return to power, but as a minority government — which would be a partnership with one or more other parties, according to CBC News and CTV News.

10:30 p.m. ET, October 21, 2019

Trudeau's Liberal Party projected to win Canada General Elections

 Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images
 Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party is projected to win Canada’s general elections according to CBC News and CTV News. Whether it will be a minority or majority government remains to be seen.

10:05 p.m. ET, October 21, 2019

The polls have officially closed

A supporter watches early election results roll in at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election night headquarters in Montreal.
A supporter watches early election results roll in at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election night headquarters in Montreal. Cole Burston/Getty Images

At 10 p.m. ET all election polls across Canada have closed. And now we wait for the results.

8:42 p.m. ET, October 21, 2019

What you need to know about Trudeau's brownface controversy

Last month, Time magazine posted a photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing brownface when he was a school teacher in 2001. Trudeau said he had attended an end-of-the-year gala with an "Arabian Nights" theme when the photo was taken.

He said it was a racist photo, but he didn't consider it racist then.

In his apology, Trudeau admitted he wore dark makeup when he was in high school as part of a talent show in which he sang the Jamaican folk song "Day-O." CNN partner CTV News obtained that second photo from a source who said it was a picture of Trudeau in a yearbook at Brebeuf College.

video of Trudeau in blackface emerged from the early 1990s.

Trudeau apologized for coloring his face after Time magazine posted the first photo, and again after the three photos surfaced.

8:00 p.m. ET, October 21, 2019

Meet Trudeau's main rival: Andrew Scheer

Andrew Scheer, now Canada's Conservative leader, is up against a humbled incumbent: Justin Trudeau and his fading political brand.

In a recent Forum Research poll, Scheer's approval rating comes in at just 27 per cent with Trudeau still hanging on to an approval rating 12 per cent higher. It's not hard to figure out why.

Scheer's message during this campaign was simple and stinging: You can't trust Justin Trudeau. But in earnest, he has also had a hard time convincing voters they can trust him.

For one thing, Scheer campaigned as an average Canadian guy. Until it turned out that he is also American. He never told voters he was a dual Canadian and American citizen until just a few weeks ago. He says he is in the process of renouncing his citizenship but still, it's one of the reasons Canadians haven't quite known what to make of this conservative leader.

A devout Catholic, Scheer is both fiscally and socially conservative, but has promised not to change some of Canada's more progressive laws. Although unapologetically pro-life, he is adamant that he will do nothing to change pro-choice laws in Canada. Although unwilling to declare support for gay marriage, he says he won't try to change that law either.

His extreme pragmatism can also leave a confusing message — his backing of the new US, Canada, Mexico trade agreement offers a good example: "It's quite clear that Justin Trudeau did cave to Donald Trump," says Scheer during a campaign press conference in an attempt to swipe at the trade deal, but then repeated that he would approve the deal anyway if elected prime minister.

Keep reading here.

8:01 p.m. ET, October 21, 2019

Canada votes for a new prime minister today

Canada votes in a general election today for the next prime minister.

The two top contenders are Liberal leader and incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

What we know: Canada's election takes place in 338 ridings or seats across the country, and preliminary results should be announced around 8 p.m. ET on election night. One hundred and seventy seats are needed to be able to form a majority government, and polls show neither Trudeau nor Scheer are anywhere near that threshold.

Forming a minority government (with the support of other parties) will also be complicated. The sitting prime minister — Trudeau, in this case — is usually granted the first crack at forming a government, even if he wins fewer seats than his opponents. That means that an opposition politician who wins the popular vote might have the most seats in parliament — but still not get the chance to form a government.