Canada election: PM Trudeau rules out coalition after election

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has ruled out forming a coalition government, after his Liberal party lost seats in Monday's general election.

The Liberals retained power but fell short of a majority.

On Wednesday Mr Trudeau said he would be sitting down with other party leaders to discuss parliamentary support for his minority government.

The prime minister said he remained committed to a controversial oil pipeline expansion project.

The general election saw the Liberals' representation in the House of Commons reduced from 177 to 157 seats, 13 short of a majority.

In his first public appearance since then, Mr Trudeau said he would be focusing his legislative efforts on issues like climate change and the cost of living – which many voters who supported other parties made clear they still cared about.

The Liberal leader struck a conciliatory note, saying that many involved in the divisive election now "regret the tone" of that campaign.

His Liberal party was completely shut out of two western Canadian provinces – Alberta and Saskatchewan – which nearly exclusively elected Conservative MPs.

Voters there turned away from Mr Trudeau's party amid complaints that the region's interests are not represented in the capital, Ottawa, and growing talk of "western alienation" in Canada's oil-producing heartland.

He took an initial step by confirming his government's commitment to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project, which has faced legal hurdles and opposition from environmental campaigners and some First Nations.

The prime minister said he would seek to ensure that the region's interests are represented in his cabinet.

Two Liberal ministers – Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale and Alberta MP Amerjeet Sohi – both lost their seats in the Conservative sweep of the Canadian prairies.

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