5 Moments That Made History This Election

What’s changed, what hasn’t, and what matters for the next decade

Why It Matters

Canada is entering a new decade — and the last decade for the SDGs — with a new government. In this fall series, we look back on the last ten years of social impact. To kick it all off, we’re presenting the important ‘firsts’ of the 2019 Canadian federal election, and what to look for: from the first all-female panel to Nunavut’s first youth MP.


While the results of this week’s federal election may not have surprised pollsters, several factors signal a very real shift in the make-up of Canadian politics. First off, we have a re-elected but minority government. With the current first-past-the-post system, we’re seeing polarization across the country; the last and only time a party formed government with less than 35% of the national popular vote was John A. Macdonald in 1867. 

Electoral reform is needed. The global climate emergency continues. A number of industries will grapple with automation. Studies show us that charitable donations in Canada are trending downwards. As we head into the 2020s—a new decade with a new government, and a country that has articulated how it feels on a number of

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