Sep 20, 2021
By Jane Brown
It’s federal Election Day in Canada, when eligible adults may cast their ballots to determine the makeup of the 44th Parliament.
There are 338 seats for the taking.
But political pundits are not expecting any of the parties will reach the 170 needed to form a majority.
5.8-million ballots were cast during advance polls over last weekend.
Those, along with all ballots cast-in person today day will be counted tonight.
However, election staff won’t start counting a million other special mail-in ballots until Tuesday, because all need to be verified to ensure no one voted twice.
If it’s a tight race, we may not know the election results for four days.
And to date, there is every indication it will be a tight race between the Justin Trudeau Liberals and the Erin O’Toole Conservatives, both of whom are acknowledging that support for any of the other parties takes support away from theirs’.
“There’s (sic) five parties in this race, but there’s (sic) really only two choices, more of the same with Justin Trudeau or Canada’s Conservatives,” O’Toole said on Sunday.
“You don’t have to make an impossible choice and vote strategically,” Trudeau offered on the final day of campaigning, “You can actually vote for the party that is going to stop the Conservatives and move forward with the strongest plan to get things done.”
But Jagmeet Singh of the third party New Democrats cautions not to vote Liberal if your heart is saying NDP.
“We are the option for you if you want healthcare, if you want to fight the climate crisis, if you want to invest in healthcare,” Singh told supporters in British Columbia.
Polls open in Ontario at 9:30am and close at 9:30pm. Remember to take your voter card with you.