In an unprecedented moment, the Canadian election ended just as the English debate had gone a few weeks earlier – with the political leaders still trying to talk over each other.
Early Tuesday morning, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh were all giving their closing speeches at the exact same time, forcing broadcasters across the country to choose one speech over the others.
Singh had spoken for several minutes in Burnaby, B.C. before Scheer hit the stage in Regina, Sask. But just as Scheer began speaking, Trudeau was walking up on stage in Montreal. Typically the victor – in this case Trudeau – is the last person to speak on an election night, waiting for the defeated parties to first give their concession speeches.
The reaction on Twitter to the debacle of having three leaders speaking at the same time was swift.
People voted for their leaders to work together and they can’t even let each other give their speeches. This Parliament is going to be something. pic.twitter.com/goD6He4dJA— Althia Raj (@althiaraj) October 22, 2019
Singh went long. Scheer finally went to stage. Now Trudeau is heading to the podium. Networks about to be left with tough decision about cutting Scheer off after a minute. #elxn43— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) October 22, 2019
So the CPC's Andrew Scheer came out while NDP's Jagmeet Singh was still talking, and then Liberal's Justin Trudeau came out almost at the same time as Scheer.— Mia Rabson (@mrabson) October 22, 2019
Pretty apt ending for this campaign actually. #cdnpoli
I've never seen anything like this...Trudeau, Scheer and Singh are all giving their speeches at the same time?!— Vassy Kapelos (@VassyKapelos) October 22, 2019
Foreshadowing of minority government: Everyone talking at the same time. pic.twitter.com/1I5HPGxCfa— Carrie Tait (@CarrieTait) October 22, 2019
@JustinTrudeau showed no class. After a minute of Scheer doing his concession speech he went on stage effectively cutting him off. I’m sorry but everyone makes sacrifices in running and class is showing your opponents the opportunity to concede. #elxn43 #canadavotes2019 pic.twitter.com/TpnaqoNeN0— Nathan Cullen (@nathancullen) October 22, 2019