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Monday October 19th, 2015

Posted at 11:54pm

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Justin Trudeau is Canada’s next Prime Minister and outgoing PM Stephen Harper will officially resign as party leader, according to Conservative officials.

Conservative Party President John Walsh said Harper will step down as party leader.

“I have spoken to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and he has instructed me to reach out to the newly elected parliamentary caucus to appoint an Interim Leader and to the National Council to implement the leadership selection process pursuant to the Conservative Party of Canada constitution,” he said.

In his concession speech, Harper spoke of congratulating Justin Trudeau, and accepted the election’s results.

“While tonight’s result is certainly not the result we hoped for, the people are never wrong,” he said.

Also in a concession speech, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair spoke of how the end of a Conservative government was a new direction for Canada.

“Canadians have turned the page on ten long years and they have rejected the politics of fear and division,” said Mulcair.

Harper won his own seat in Alberta and will continue in the House of Commons, but the Conservative party will face a leadership race as the official opposition.

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