OTTAWA – After 36 days of parties campaigning for their votes, Canadians are raising their voices, heading to the polls in 338 ridings to elect their next Member of Parliament and ultimately determine what the next Who will form the federal government? global pandemic.

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Will Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s Pandemic Pay Off Election Gambling? Or, will voters agree with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s pitch that now is the time for change?

Will Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchett be able to maintain a third party position in the House of Commons? Will Jagmeet Singh-led NDP be able to capture the seats? Will Green Party leader Annie Paul be able to win her ride? And, will the increase in support for the People’s Party of Canada translate into seats, or will it be enough to split the vote to the right?

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In a federal election like no other in active national conversation about the continued spread of COVID-19 and mandating vaccination, the results of this vote will inform how the next governing party proceeds in the fight against the virus and other major Creates a path towards addressing the issues. Emerged on the campaign trail: housing affordability, childcare, and economic development.

While some party leaders opted to vote in advance, others headed for their ride to polling places on Monday to join the millions of Canadians who are casting ballots.

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Due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, the way Canadians are voting has changed in some ways from previous elections. Nearly one million people voted by special mail-in ballots, and another 5.8 million took part in the four-day advance elections held earlier this month, an increase of 18.5 percent from the 2019 election and 57 percent from 2015 increased. Election.

Today lakhs of people making their personal choices are doing so while being asked to follow certain COVID-19 protocols such as physical distancing, hygiene and masking rules. This has led to longer than usual lines at some polling stations.

Polling Stations are open for 12 hours depending on which province you are in, Polling Stations are scheduled to close at 7PM PST in British Columbia.

Right off the bat the campaign—the shortest possible election period under federal law—looked and felt different from any previous election because of the pandemic.

Itineraries were more concise, the main three traveling leaders’ tours required rapid testing daily, in addition to requiring everyone on their buses or planes to be fully vaccinated, and jam-packed indoor rallies at night. Instead, virtual or outdoor events with elbow-bumps and masked selfies largely became the new norm.

Three national debates were organized by the Debate Commission, one in English and one in French; The parties advance their platforms and their costs at different times; Controversies of candidates dominated every party; And campaigns sought to leverage social media and traditional television advertising to promote their leader and offer the opposite of their opponents.

Now it is the turn of the Canadians and depending on how close the key races can be, it is expected that most of the rides can be called off by the end of the night. However, it may take a few days for local mail-in ballots to be counted, meaning the final count of votes won’t be known until Tuesday at the earliest.

Special coverage moderated by Granthshala Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlame begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. EDT on Granthshala.ca, Granthshala and the Granthshala News app, Granthshala, Granthshala News Channel, BNN Bloomberg and Granthshala.ca.

Once the results are out you can track the results in real time across all 338 ridings with our live map.

where does trudeau stand

When Trudeau called this election on a sunny Sunday morning in mid-August, he saw his re-election bid as an opportunity for Canadians to make their voices heard about what they see as the country’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Want to pull out of, and into a new era of significant change.

You’ve heard him say: The pandemic exposed many of society’s shortcomings. And Liberal leaders went to the polls hoping they would be given the opportunity to reconcile some unfinished work on climate change, indigenous reconciliation, and ‘she-op’ and consequently some legacy-building policy without compromising to secure will be strengthened. Support of other parties.

Quickly, his strategy was to create ballots about vaccine mandates, tackling the COVID-19 health and economic crises, and values ​​that will shape the future.

After a few weeks of pre-Labour, where anti-vaccine protesters became increasingly aggressive and Canadians were looking more seriously at change and questioning why the election was called, liberals on vaccines and their main The difference in approach between the opponents brought center stage back in the final days of the campaign.

However, it appears that some of his opponents try to frame Trudeau as selfish or power-hungry, in order to put key policies such as childcare on the line that remain stuck in voters’ minds, polls suggest. That liberals can’t be in it. In areas with a majority that appeared to be within reach, elections were called earlier this summer.

If the gamble of calling this election results in either a Liberal loss, or a parliament led by another potentially vulnerable minority Liberal, questions have been raised about Trudeau’s political future. However, according to Scott Reid, a former senior adviser to Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin, this will not affect his viability to remain leader of his party.

“It’s Justin Trudeau’s party,” he said on Sunday’s episode of Granthshala’s Question Hour. “Obviously their brand has achieved six years of power.”

where o’tool stands

O’Toole began this election campaign with only virtual events in Ottawa, a pattern he repeated a few times a week over the past 36 days. Opting to travel less and connect more virtually with thousands of Canadians was a strategy that differed from other leaders and was dissected by political observers, although true efficacy could be known by the time all votes were counted.

Two days after he introduced “Canada’s recovery plan,” positioning himself as the “man with the plan,” O’Toole leaned heavily on his policy book throughout the race. Running as a leader more liberal or progressive than presented itself during its 2020 leadership race resulted in persistent questions about the direction the party would take on social and public safety issues when elected.

After experiencing a contested election, repulsed by Spring’s suggestions his party was headed for defeat, O’Toole tried hard in the final weeks of the election with personal attacks aimed at Trudeau, a potential vote-divider. Making the case of. If his main objective was a change in government, his “only option” was to vote for the Conservatives.

That same day after bringing out former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to support him, he pledged that the party he was leading was “not your father’s Conservative Party,” calling O’Toole another high-profile conservative. : Jason Kenney’s record had to contend with.

After the Alberta premier announced new lockdown measures, O’Toole was repeatedly faced with the question of whether he still felt as he once said: that Kenny was handling the pandemic better than the federal government. handled better. At this, and ongoing questions about the vaccination status of his candidates, O’Toole chuckled repeatedly throughout the final days of the campaign.

On Sunday’s episode of Granthshala’s Question Hour, Jenny Byrne, a former senior adviser to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, suggested that if the Conservatives don’t win tonight, “he will have a hard time staying as leader.”

“This election, more than 2019, was winnable,” she said.

where the lions and the small parties stand

Based on pre-election voting, Singh is unlikely to become the next prime minister of Canada. However, could the allocation of seats for the New Democrats as well as the Bloc Québécois put them in a strong opposition? Or who will have the balance of power if the Canadians return another minority government in Ottawa?

Singh campaigned aggressively, marching aggressively into the party ride with “unlimited enthusiasm” that the party thought it could win in key areas such as Toronto, the Prairie and British Columbia. Using a large social media following, Singh also used platforms like Tik Tok and Instagram to get his progressive “tax the rich” message out to millions of Canadians.

The NDP leader pointed to what the New Democrats were able to negotiate in the previous minority parliament over the past 36 days, while delivering a message of hope for the better in the future.

Blanchett made her way around Quebec over the past five weeks, but got her biggest boost in the province based on her answer to a question posed to her by a debate moderator of English language leaders about Bill 21. While he repeatedly spoke about how unwanted this election was, he also emphasized his priority for any party to win a majority.

After being ranked low enough in polls to not qualify to participate in the 2021 leaders’ debate, Bernier’s PPC has seen a steady increase in support among Canadians who are anti-establishment, anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine. . His supporters have been seen in crowds at Trudeau protests where well-known white nationalists and far-right groups are also represented. The rise in popularity has given rise to concerns about the right-handedness of the vote, although it remains to be seen whether support will translate into seats.

And, after a rocky start as leader due to internal party strife and a weak financial …