World Polls close in Canada election as Trudeau seeks to fend off conservative rival
Canada's Trudeau , after gravel throwing, condemns rhetoric of right-wing leader
Canada's Trudeau , after gravel throwing, condemns rhetoric of right-wing leaderCANDIAC, Quebec (Reuters) - Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, who was pelted with gravel at a rally last week, said the leader of the right-wing People's Party of Canada (PPC) was using irresponsible rhetoric.
Polls have officially closed in Canada for apitting incumbent Prime Minister against conservative rival .
With multiple time zones, Canada's polling stations closed at staggered times throughout the evening on Monday, but Elections Canada said in a tweet that those in line will still be allowed to vote.
Trudeau called the snap election in mid-August, barely two years into his minority government, betting he could capitalize on his handling of the pandemic to win a majority in Parliament.
Touting Unity, Trudeau’s Election Instead Exposes a Nation Divided
Canada’s pandemic response had, for the most part, avoided becoming the polarizing issue it is in the United States – until Justin Trudeau’s election campaign made it one.The turmoil hasn't been as divisive in other places. In Canada, for example, lawmakers have largely agreed on some basic measures to combat the spread of the virus, and the political center has proved much stronger in preventing legal, cultural and social division.
But once-favorable polls for Trudeau and his Liberals quickly reversed course, with thefighting his way into a statistical tie, according to national tracking surveys over the past few days.
Covid-19, climate change, housing affordability and gun control have all featured as major issues with voters, but one issue for Trudeau is that few Canadians see the need for this election. One political expert told CNN that holding a snap election in the summer during a global pandemic has angered many voters who cannot identify a compelling "ballot box" issue to justify the undertaking.
O'Toole has sought to capitalize on the perception that Trudeau, the son of a former Canadian prime minister, is a classic liberal political elitist who is more interested in his own political ambition that leading the country.
In tense campaign, Canada's Trudeau defends snapping at protester
In tense campaign, Canada's Trudeau defends snapping at protesterRICHMOND, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday defended his decision to shout at a protester who insulted his wife, Sophie Gregoire, as an increasingly tense election race entered its final days.
Video: Video shows Trudeau facing angry voters in Canadian election (CNN)
During the campaign, O'Toole has attacked Trudeau in a way that is uncommon in Canadian politics.
"Every Canadian has met a Justin Trudeau in their lives -- privileged, entitled and always looking out for number one. He was looking out for number one when he called this expensive and unnecessary election in the middle of a pandemic. That's not leadership, that's self-interest. And it's Justin Trudeau through and through," O'Toole said at a recent campaign event.
Trudeau responded in a similarly robust fashion, saying: "I'm going to let him and his proxies and the anti-vaxxer movement and the gun lobby and the anti-choice crowd continue to attack me, fine. I'm going to stay focused on Canadians."
As much as candidates have tried to engage meaningfully on issues, a ripple of polarization among voters -- one that seems to mirror the US experience -- is emerging, especially on cultural or so-called "wedge" issues like abortion rights, gun control and climate change.
Canada's cliffhanger election is heating up. Some fear US-style political polarization will follow
The vote, set for September 20, includes six federal parties. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Erin O'Toole are likely the only leaders capable of forming government given their national support, but Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) polls well as a leader and could again hold the balance of power in any Canadian parliament. The pandemic, climate change, housing affordability and gun control have all featured as major issues with voters. But Trudeau's vulnerability is, in fact, the election itself, which he voluntarily triggered just as a bruising fourth wave of the pandemic took hold in Canada.
The pandemic in particular has ignited fury among a small but fierce minority that oppose some Covid-19 protocols, especially vaccine and mask mandates. Earlier this month a protester threw gravel at Trudeau at a campaign event in Ontario, after the Canadian leader had been stalked by demonstrators angry with his pandemic policies.
The vote includes six federal parties. While Trudeau and O'Toole are likely the only leaders capable of forming a government, given their national support, Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), polls well and could again hold the balance of power in any Canadian Parliament.
Clock starts ticking for Canada's Trudeau after bid for majority fails .
Clock starts ticking for Canada's Trudeau after bid for majority failsOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed in his bid to win a Liberal majority government after a low-energy campaign in the middle of the pandemic, and party insiders see an increasing chance he will step down before the next vote.