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World All eyes on turnout as Canada's tight election campaign enters final days

13:20  17 september  2021
13:20  17 september  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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By Julie Gordon

Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh that are talking to each other: FILE PHOTO: Federal election leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada © Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: Federal election leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

OTTAWA (Reuters) - As Canada's election race enters its final weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is redoubling efforts to motivate supporters, knowing his bid for re-election on Monday could be doomed by low turnout.

Recent opinion polls show Trudeau's Liberals neck and neck https://graphics.reuters.com/CANADA-ELECTION/zjvqkjkomvx/index.html with the opposition Conservatives led by Erin O'Toole, suggesting that getting out the vote will be crucial.

Low turnout tends to favor the Conservatives, who are traditionally better at ensuring their supporters cast ballots.

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The pandemic is intensifying in parts of the country and voters will likely face longer lineups than usual on Election Day, due to fewer polling stations and distancing requirements.

O'Toole, 48, a former Cabinet minister who has led his party for just over a year, has proved competitive with a disciplined campaign appealing to centrist voters with progressive pledges, while avoiding alienating his center-right base.

"It's not about convincing people they should think about voting for you anymore. It's about getting the people who are committed to voting for you out to vote," said Darrell Bricker, chief executive of Ipsos Public Affairs.

"Turnout is going to be everything."

The latest Ipsos poll has the Liberals and Conservatives tied at 32%, with the left-leaning New Democrats in third at 21%. Trudeau has a slight lead on O'Toole as preferred prime minister, at 32% to 29%.

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But opinion polls do not always reflect what happens on voting day, as turnout can hugely affect seat counts. In the past, higher turnout has favored the Liberals and New Democrats, Bricker said.

Turnout was 67% in the 2019 election when Trudeau lost his majority, down from 68.3% when he swept to power in 2015.

"If turnout is unusual, we could have many more surprises on Monday night," Philippe Fournier, a polling analyst for the 338Canada.com website, told the Reuters Global Markets Forum on Thursday.

CLOSER THAN EXPECTED

Trudeau held a comfortable lead in the polls going into the campaign, but that has vanished because of what many voters see as an unnecessary election.

He also faces a challenge from New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/new-democrats-singh-looks-dance-his-way-role-canadas-kingmaker-2021-09-15, 42, who outstrips Trudeau and O'Toole in personal popularity and appeals to the same voters the center-left Liberals need.

If enough voters opt for Singh, it could split the progressive camp and allow O'Toole to take power. Trudeau told a rally on Sunday that the Liberals were "the only progressive party that can stop the Conservatives from taking us backwards."

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Over the past two weeks, Trudeau has also accused O'Toole of cozying up to the gun lobby and allowing Conservative lawmakers to try to reopen the abortion debate.

O'Toole peppers his daily campaign appearances with jabs at Trudeau's decision to call an early election during a pandemic, painting the Liberal leader as selfish and power hungry.

With polls showing an uptick in support for the small, far-right People's Party of Canada https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadas-mad-max-stokes-anti-vax-rage-could-help-trudeau-2021-09-14, whose supporters have dogged Trudeau's campaign with protests over vaccine mandates, O'Toole has to convince its supporters he is their only hope of getting Trudeau out of office, while not alienating core Conservatives.

"Make no mistake. A vote for anyone other than Canada's Conservatives, is a vote for more of the same from Mr. Trudeau," O'Toole said on Tuesday.

"It's a closer race than what people expected ... and now there's a real possibility the Conservatives could win. So that should stimulate the Conservatives' voters, but also Liberals," said Daniel Beland, director of the Institute for the Study of Canada at Montreal's McGill University.

"We might have done all of this to end up with the same result as last time."

(Reporting by Julie Gordon; Additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa, Steve Scherer in Montreal and Lisa Mattackal in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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