Yesterday was a big day for Canadians as they headed out to the polls to cast their ballots. With roughly 17.9 million votes to count, people all across the country were glued to their phone screens and televisions, anxiously waiting for the final election results. While the Liberals held onto their power, they lost their majority government and other parties gained seats across the country. Back in 2015, no seats were awarded to an Independent, but things have changed in 2019 — the independent riding held by Jody Wilson-Raybould is Canada's only one.

When all the votes were counted, it was declared that the Liberals had earned 157 seats, and the Conservatives came in second with 121. Following further behind them were the Bloc Québécois with 32 seats, the NDP with 24, the Greens with 3, and the final seat was allotted to an Independent candidate.

The only elected Independent hails from the Vancouver Granville riding, and her name is Jody Wilson-Raybould. The race in this riding was a tight one, and although Raybould came out on top with over 16,500 votes, she was closely followed by Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed (13,637 votes), and Conservative candidate Zach Segal (11,326).

Wilson-Raybould is no stranger to the political world — in fact, she's worked very closely with Justin Trudeau before, as his attorney general. The BC politician was a member of the PM's cabinet until earlier this year when she resigned after the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

If you're not familiar with the aforementioned scandal, earlier this year, Wilson-Raybould accused Trudeau of putting pressure on her to walk away from a criminal prosecution she was pursuing against SNC-Lavalin, a multi-billion dollar Quebec engineering firm.

The former attorney general was kicked out of the Liberal caucus by Trudeau in April of this year, and shortly afterwards, she announced that she would run again as an Independent, which she successfully did.

This year's election has seen more First Nations candidates than ever before, with Wilson-Raybould being just one of over 60. The politician happily displayed her heritage on her campaign signs, decorating them with stunning Indigenous artwork that was sure to catch your eye as you walk the streets of Vancouver.

It will be interesting to see how things play out with both Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould back in the House of Commons, especially now that the Liberals no longer have a majority government and will rely heavily on other parties to pass bills.

Narcity has reached out to Wilson-Raybould to find out more about her historic win and will update this story.


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