OTTAWA — Voting has closed in Atlantic Canada, with early results beginning to emerge in this historic 36-day pandemic federal election. The Liberals have taken an early lead, although the party has been strong in the region in the last two federal elections.

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There are 32 seats up for grabs across the region. Going into this campaign, the Liberals held 27 seats in Atlantic Canada, the Conservatives held four, and the NDP held one.

As of 9 p.m. EDT, the decision desk of Granthshala News has determined that the region has elected 15 liberals and five conservatives.

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In the rest of the country, Canadians are still casting ballots to elect their next Member of Parliament, and ultimately determine who will form the next federal government at a critical time in the pandemic.

The next batch of voting will take place at 9:30 p.m. EDT, and results will begin pouring in from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

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There are 338 Federals riding up to grab tonight. A party needs to win at least 170 seats to form a majority government, and based on pre-election-day polling, there were signs that the race was tight and a result in another minority government looked likely.

Leading the race, the Liberals had 155 seats, the Conservatives had 119, the Bloc Québécois had 32, the NDP had 24, the Green Party had two seats, five independents and one vacancy. Was.

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Liberal leader Justin Trudeau called a federal election on August 15, ending his nearly two-year minority parliament in the hunt for a second majority victory.

Trudeau set up his re-election bid as an opportunity for Canadians to make their voices heard as they want to lift the country out of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 crisis, and into a new era of considerable change.

Will their pandemic pay off the election gamble? Or, will voters agree with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s pitch that now is the time for change? Conservative Party officials indicated on Monday evening that the election was “very close to the call”, dismissing reporting that suggested they would consider placing the Liberals in the minority as a victory.

Looking at the other parties, will Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchett be able to garner enough support in his province to maintain a third-party position in the House of Commons? Or will the Jagmeet Singh-led NDP be able to capitalize on an optimistic but aggressive campaign by picking up seats, making them a formidable opposition?

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?

One thing is certain: this has been a federal election like no other given the continued spread of COVID-19.

Between the ongoing pandemic and active national conversation about mandating vaccinations, the outcome of this vote will inform how the next governing party proceeds in the fight against the virus and how to address other key issues arising on the campaign trail. towards: housing affordability, childcare, and economic development.

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 18.5 percent increase from the 2019 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.

In addition to long lines and longer wait times at polling stations, Elections Canada also reported some disruptions at polling stations across the country, with some sites in Ontario and western Canada being open late or having to be relocated. Some voters also had problems locating their polling place, which was exacerbated by a technical problem with an application on the Elections Canada website.

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.

Once the results are known, the next focus for all parties will be on the launch of the 44th Parliament, electing a speaker, deciding on the future of hybrid meetings, and a new legislative agenda as they focus themselves on key issues. How will you install to take shape.