CNN – Canada voted in its first new leader in nearly a decade in a general election that handed Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party an absolute majority — and dealt a stunning blow to incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“This is what positive politics can do,” Trudeau told supporters in Ottawa early Tuesday as the last few results trickled in.
“I didn’t make history tonight, you did.”
The victory denied a fourth term to Harper and his Conservative party. Harper has held the position since February 2006.
He conceded defeat and will resign as leader of the party, but said he’ll remain in parliament as a lawmaker.
“We put everything on the table, we gave everything we had to give and we have no regrets,” he said just before 10 p.m. Monday in Calgary (midnight ET).
“The people of Canada have elected a Liberal government, which we accept without hesitation,” Harper said.