Canada's Liberal Leader Paul Martin conceded early on Tuesday at the campaign headquarters in Montreal that his ruling Liberals have lost the federal election to the Conservatives. Martin also announced that he was stepping down as the party's leader. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper headed toward victory in Canada's national elections on Monday, ending 13 years of Liberal rule.
The official results gave the Conservatives a strong lead with most votes counted. But it appeared likely the margin would be too small to rule outright. The Conservatives will be forced to form a minority government. "There will be another chance and there will be another time,"Martin said to a roomful of supporters. Martin said he had called Harper to congratulate him.