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Canada Federal election live updates: Tight results expected as polls close in Quebec

05:15  21 september  2021
05:15  21 september  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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a man standing next to a fence:  People wait in line to cast their ballots at École Laurier on voting day in Montreal on Sept. 20, 2021. One man calculated that it took him almost 52 minutes to vote and said it would have taken him longer. A woman in line explained that the length of the line was partly due to the distancing measures in place. © ANDREJ IVANOV People wait in line to cast their ballots at École Laurier on voting day in Montreal on Sept. 20, 2021. One man calculated that it took him almost 52 minutes to vote and said it would have taken him longer. A woman in line explained that the length of the line was partly due to the distancing measures in place.

This is the Montreal Gazette’s live election night coverage. Questions/comments? ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates:

  • Tight results expected as polls close in Quebec
  • As long as you arrive before your polling station closes, you can vote: Elections Canada
  • Video: Montrealers sound off on the federal election campaign
  • Seven people injured after being struck by vehicle outside West Island polling station
  • There were long waits at some Montreal polling stations today
  • Election results start trickling in as polls close in Atlantic Canada
  • Canada’s COVID-19 response could be key factor for many voters, poll suggests
  • Here are 14 Quebec ridings to watch tonight
  • Leaders make last-minute pitches on Twitter
  • Too close to call – Liberals and Conservatives running neck and neck, polls suggest
  • In 2019, the Liberals narrowly outpaced the Bloc in Quebec
  • Federal election: Battle for Quebec ends with Legault front and centre
  • Quebecers can vote until 9:30 p.m.
9:55 p.m.

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Early results show Green party candidate Nicole O’Byrne, a professor at the University of New Brunswick, trailing in fourth place.

Atwin crossed the floor in June after clashing with the Greens and their leader over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The move left the party with only two seats in the House of Commons: Saanich–Gulf Islands, held by former Green leader Elizabeth May, and Nanaimo–Ladysmith, represented by Paul Manly.

Today’s vote caps off months of strife within Green party ranks, which included an unsuccessful bid to oust leader Annamie Paul just weeks before the campaign got underway.

Paul is running in Toronto Centre – a riding considered a Liberal stronghold – for the third time in as many years.

She came in second to Liberal Marci Ien last October, and observers have said her performance at the polls today will have a significant impact on her position in the party.

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9:45 p.m.

Montreal expected to remain a Liberal stronghold.

In the last federal election, the Liberals won 16 of the 18 seats on the Montreal Island, with one going to the Bloc Québécois (Mario Beaulieu, La Pointe-de-l’Île) and one to the NDP (Alexandre Boulerice,  Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie)

The Bloc is hoping to take one more Montreal seat this time around – Hochelaga, won in 2019 by Liberal Soraya Martinez Ferrada.

9:30 p.m.

Tight results expected as polls close in Quebec

Polls have closed across Quebec as well as in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, though anyone who arrived before polling stations closed can still vote, Elections Canada says.

9:25 p.m.

As long as you arrive before your polling station closes, you can vote: Elections Canada

There are reports of long lines in some ridings.

“As long as you arrive at your polling station before it closes, you will be able to vote,” Elections Canada says.

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9:20 p.m.

Video: Montrealers sound off on the federal election campaign

9:20 p.m.

Bloc headquarters: Centre Pierre-Péladeau

a screen shot of a computer monitor sitting on top of a table:  The Bloc Québécois election night headquarters at Centre Pierre-Peladeau in Montreal tonight. © Dave Sidaway The Bloc Québécois election night headquarters at Centre Pierre-Peladeau in Montreal tonight. a group of people sitting in chairs:  The Bloc Québécois election night headquarters at Centre Pierre-Peladeau in Montreal tonight. © Dave Sidaway The Bloc Québécois election night headquarters at Centre Pierre-Peladeau in Montreal tonight.
9:05 p.m.

Seven people injured after being struck by vehicle outside West Island polling station

Montreal police say seven people were injured after being struck by a vehicle outside a polling station in Dollard-des-Ormeaux on the West Island.

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9 p.m.

Conservatives appear to have unseated a Liberal cabinet minister in Nova Scotia

The Conservatives appear to have picked up a seat in Nova Scotia at the expense of a high-profile Liberal cabinet minister.

The Canadian Press projects that Conservative Rick Perkins will upset Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan.

8:45 p.m.

There were long waits at some Montreal polling stations today

This was the scene at École Laurier in Plateau-Mont-Royal borough:

a man standing next to a fence:  People wait in line to cast their ballots at École Laurier on voting day in Montreal on Sept. 20, 2021. One man calculated that it took him almost 52 minutes to vote and said it would have taken him longer. A woman in line explained that the length of the line was partly due to the distancing measures in place. © ANDREJ IVANOV People wait in line to cast their ballots at École Laurier on voting day in Montreal on Sept. 20, 2021. One man calculated that it took him almost 52 minutes to vote and said it would have taken him longer. A woman in line explained that the length of the line was partly due to the distancing measures in place. a group of people walking on a sidewalk:  People wait in line to cast their ballots at École Laurier today. © ANDREJ IVANOV People wait in line to cast their ballots at École Laurier today.
8:40 p.m.

Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada looking for electoral breakthrough

From The Canadian Press:

The People’s Party of Canada, led by the outspoken Maxime Bernier, is looking to turn growing support into ballot-box success this evening.

Opinion polls have consistently shown party support hovering at five per cent or higher during the federal campaign, even though Bernier was excluded from national leaders’ debates.

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Bernier was a prominent member of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, serving as minister in the industry and foreign-affairs portfolios.

He left the Conservatives in August 2018, saying the party had all but abandoned its core principles, and soon after the People’s Party was born.

Bernier failed to win his Quebec riding of Beauce under the People’s Party banner in 2019, but the loss did not deter him.

During the campaign, he has attracted the support of disgruntled Conservatives, right-wing ideologues and people who oppose COVID-19 vaccinations and lockdown restrictions.

8:20 p.m.

Election results start trickling in as polls close in Atlantic Canada

Polls have closed in Atlantic Canada, launching what’s expected to be a nail-biter finish to the federal election campaign, The Canadian Press reports.

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Very early results have begun to trickle in, with the Liberals appearing poised to hang on to their commanding position in the four easternmost provinces, although some contests are very tight.

There are 32 ridings up for grabs in the region. The Liberals held 27 of them heading into the election, including Fredericton, N.B., where Jenica Atwin, elected on the Green party ticket, had defected to the Liberals.

The Conservatives held four Atlantic seats and the NDP held one.

Early results had the Liberals leading in 14 Atlantic ridings, the Conservatives in four and the NDP in one.

7:55 p.m.

The cats among the pigeons

7:50 p.m.

Liberal headquarters: Queen Elizabeth Hotel

a stop light that is filled with traffic at night:  A camera operator walks through Liberal headquarters prior to polls closing tonight. © John Mahoney A camera operator walks through Liberal headquarters prior to polls closing tonight. a group of people standing in front of a crowd:  Pablo Rogriguez, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Quebec lieutenant, speaks with reporters at Liberal headquarters tonight. © John Mahoney Pablo Rogriguez, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Quebec lieutenant, speaks with reporters at Liberal headquarters tonight.
7:35 p.m.

Liberals leading in four of seven seats in Newfoundland and Labrador

As of 7:30 p.m., Liberal candidates are leading in four of the seven seats up for grabs in Newfoundland and Labrador as early results roll in, but the parties are keeping a close eye on St. John’s East and Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, The Canadian Press reports.

The NDP hold their only Atlantic Canadian seat in the downtown riding St. John’s East, but Jack Harris, who won the riding back from the Liberals in 2019, isn’t running again.

The party is hoping labour leader Mary Shortall will be elected as his replacement.

Meanwhile, Liberal incumbent Churence Rogers in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity holds an early lead over Conservative Sharon Vokey.

Rogers had Chrystia Freeland, the country’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, campaigning for him last weekend.

Polls across the rest of Atlantic Canada are now set to close.

Across Atlantic Canada, the Liberals at the dissolution of Parliament held 27 of the 32 seats available across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

7:35 p.m.

Canada’s COVID-19 response could be key factor for many voters, poll suggests

The federal government’s handling of COVID-19 will be the determining factor in how four out of 10 Canadians vote in Monday’s federal election, a recent Léger poll suggests.

Read our full story, by Marian Scott.

7:35 p.m.

Here are 14 Quebec ridings to watch tonight

As of Wednesday, there were 14 races considered a “toss-up” by the poll tracking website 338Canada.com, René Bruemmer reports .

7:30 p.m.

Leaders make last-minute pitches on Twitter

7:15 p.m.

Too close to call – Liberals and Conservatives running neck and neck, polls suggest

It has been a topsy turvy election campaign, with polls suggesting the Liberals lost support early in the campaign and then picked up steam after Labour Day.

Surveys indicate that Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives are neck and neck.

These charts are from 338Canada <, a site that uses survey results, electoral history and demographic data to create electoral projections.

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7:15 p.m.

In 2019, the Liberals narrowly outpaced the Bloc in Quebec

There are 338 seats in the House of Commons, 78 of which are in Quebec.

Here are the Quebec results of the last election – on Oct. 21, 2019 – by party:

  • 35 Liberal
  • 32 Bloc Québécois
  • 10 Conservative
  • 1 NDP

And here are the national results by party:

  • 157 Liberal
  • 121 Conservative
  • 32 Bloc Québécois
  • 24 New Democratic Party
  • 3 Green
  • 1 Independent

At dissolution, here was the breakdown:

  • 155 Liberal
  • 119 Conservative
  • 32 Bloc Québécois
  • 24 NDP
  • 5 independents
  • 2 Greens
  • 1 vacancy
7:15 p.m.

Protests, poll worker absentees disrupt polling as Canadians vote

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Read our full story.

a group of people walking in front of a building:  People line up outside a polling station to vote in Canada’s federal election in Montreal on Sept. 20, 2021. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi © CHRISTINNE MUSCHI People line up outside a polling station to vote in Canada’s federal election in Montreal on Sept. 20, 2021. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
7 p.m.

Live map and riding-by-riding breakdown of the vote

We’ll have a live map and riding-by-riding results on this page .

7 p.m.

Opinion: To redeem our democracy, get out and vote

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Read the latest column by Allison Hanes.

7 p.m.

Federal election: Battle for Quebec ends with Legault front and centre

An uneasy truce between Premier François Legault and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on display in the early part of the federal election campaign went down in flames as Legault, donning his father-to-the-nation cap, offered free advice to Quebecers on how they might want to vote Monday.

His suggestion was that the vote not be Liberal, New Democratic Party or Green. Voting Conservative is fine and in the interests of the Quebec nation but not so Conservative that Erin O’Toole can form a majority government, Legault argued. He did not even mention the Bloc Québécois alternative in the French part of his speech, saying later in English that he recognizes it cannot form a government.

Analysts are still trying to decode what effect Legault’s shot across the bow — 10 days ahead of the vote — will have on the outcome but, for a moment in time, the election battle for Quebec was indeed all about him and his nationalist agenda.

Read our full story, by Philip Authier.

7 p.m.

Here’s when polls close across the country – and when ballots are expected to be counted

Voting times are staggered across Canada so that the majority of results are available at about the same time across the country, Elections Canada says .

Due to a high number of mail-in ballots this year, the independent federal agency says it expects “most of the country’s 338 ridings to report the results of their local special ballot count on Tuesday, September 21, and the vast majority to finish counting by Wednesday, September 22.

“However, due to high volumes or logistical challenges, the full count may take up to four days in some ridings.”

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7 p.m.

Quebecers can vote until 9:30 p.m.

Polls close at 9:30 p.m. tonight.

If you have not voted yet, here’s a Montreal Gazette guide to casting a ballot .

Masks are required at polling stations but vaccine passports are not being checked.

Here are some key links from Elections Canada:

  • Find your electoral district to learn where to vote and the names of local candidates.
  • Health and safety measures have been put in place.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about voting amid the pandemic.
  • There are three options to prove your identity and address.
  • What to do if you didn’t get a voter information card, or if the info on it is incorrect.
  • How to register just before you vote.

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