How do you explain Canada's Trudeau's power-sharing agreement to a five-year-old (American)?

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The "explain to a five-year-old" question is a semi-standard format where the answer demonstrates their ability to understand both the subject matter, and the perspective and limitations of the answer's recipient.

See for example Forbes' Why Explaining To A 5-Year Old Challenges Your Understanding Of Collaboration which begins:

How well do you really know a subject? I think the best way is if you can teach the concept to someone else new to the idea. If you really want to test yourself, try explaining it to a 5 year old.

I will not state that a typical American's understanding of politics is necessarily that of a political five year old equivalent, but for many the American "2.1 party system" is often simplified as "party A or B" in control of the Presidency, House, and Senate and then those three then either work together or fight against each other.

Which of the two opposing teams is in control of the Presidency, House, and Senate is determined by direct elections (except for the weirdness of the Electoral College which we don't like to talk about).

Politico's Trudeau will be prime minister until 2025; The Liberals and New Democrats brokered a deal that will keep minority government in power until the next election. (which links to Trudeau's letter to Canadians Delivering for Canadians Now) is likely confusing to the average American because:

  1. Huh? There are more than two parties? How does that work?
  2. Huh? A political deal between two parties? What is that and how does that work?
  3. Huh? Until the deal it was Liberals vs Democrats?

Question: How do you explain Canada's Trudeau's power-sharing agreement to a five-year-old (American)?

No complex jargon or reliance on substantial historical reference or knowledge, just simple explanations with simple vocabulary, ideally not too long, direct, and to the point.

I understand this is the antithesis of how may Politics SE answers are written, but it should certainly be possible once in a while.

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