Conservative leader Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have defeated the Liberals in their bid to win the federal election in 2019 by a margin of 3 percentage points.
The Conservatives now have 54 seats and have a lead of more than 3 percentage Points over the Liberals with 49 seats to the Liberals 40.
The Conservatives are currently leading in the popular vote with 47.
The Liberals, who are now trailing in the polls with just 24 seats to Harper’s 41, are in fourth place in the 338-seat House of Commons.
The Liberal Party is seeking to become Canada’s first major political party to return to power with the win, while the Conservatives are aiming to remain the largest opposition party in the country for a generation.
The results were announced Wednesday night by Elections Canada, and come as the country is heading into a new year that is set to be characterized by an increasingly divided electorate.
The Canadian Election Study shows that the Liberal Party has seen its support in the House of Canadians rise in recent months, and the Conservatives have seen their support fall in recent weeks, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The election is shaping up to be the first in which a majority government has held power since Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were elected in 2016.
The next federal election will be held in 2021.