Canada votes first new leader in 10 years as Justin Trudeau's Liberal party wins


Canada voted in its first new leader in 10 years, as a general election handed Justin Trudeau's Liberal party an absolute majority -- and a stunning blow to incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"This is what positive politics can do," Trudeau told supporters in Ottawa early Tuesday morning 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. Because Canada does not have term limits, Harper has held the position since 2006.

He conceded defeat 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. in Calgary (midnight ET).

"The people of Canada have elected a Liberal government, which we accept without hesitation," Harper said.