Two federal byelections are being held Monday in the Toronto ridings of Toronto Centre and York Centre.
Voters head to the polls in the first test of the Trudeau Liberals’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Toronto Centre, voters are choosing an MP to replace former finance minister Bill Morneau who stepped down this past summer amid the WE charity scandal.
In York Centre, a replacement for Michael Levitt will be chosen. Also a Liberal, Levitt stepped down earlier this year to spend more time with his family.
With occasional exceptions, both ridings tend to be Liberal strongholds.
In Toronto Centre, a diverse riding in the heart of downtown Toronto, broadcaster Marci Ien is running for the Liberals.
Newly chosen Green Party Leader Annamie Paul, is also vying for the seat. Paul had called for the by election to be postponed, saying she didn’t think the conditions were safe for an election.
Activist Brian Chang is running for the NDP and Benjamin Gauri Sharma is running for the Conservative Party.
Community activist Ya’ara Saks is running for the Liberals in the North York riding of York Centre. She is facing People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, a former federal cabinet minister under Stephen Harper. Businessman and pastor Julius Tiangson is running for the Conservatives, educator Andrea Vásquez Jiménez is in the running for the NDP, and entrepreneur Sasha Zavarella is running for the Green Party.
Elections Canada has said they plan on delivering a safe voting experience, but has advised voters that they may experience longer waits outside polling stations due to distancing measures inside the buildings.