Monday, September 20th at 12:50 pm ET
Canadians race hard as people vote for the next federal government
All of Canada’s major party leaders have cast their ballots in the country’s first pandemic election, which will culminate today in a coast-to-coast election for Canadians.
Elections Canada says about 6.8 million people voted early, most of them in advanced elections a week ago, and the remainder voted by mail or through special ballots cast at Election Canada offices.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and his wife Rebecca arrive at a polling station in Bowmanville, Ont., on Monday morning to cast their vote in the riding of Durham.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau casts his vote with his three children at the ride in Papineau, Ky.
Other leaders voted before election day, including NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who voted in an advanced ballot in Burnaby, and Green Party leader Annami Paul, who voted by mail.
Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchett also voted in advance, but spoke Monday morning in Drummondville, Ky., to encourage his supporters to go to their polling stations.
“This is democracy. People send to parliament the people they believe will best represent them,” Blanchett said on Monday.
– The Canadian Press
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For investors, there is a more than normal amount of uncertainty in this election.
Stock valuations, especially in regulated economic sectors, could see some significant changes when the results of Monday’s vote become clear. As polling day approaches, Bay Street strategists are modeling two scenarios—a second liberal minority government or a conservative minority—that have distinct winners and losers in Corporate Canada.
Here’s how four key sectors of Canada’s economy – energy, financial services, real estate, telecommunications – are expected to respond to a liberal or conservative minority government.
A federal election checklist for those still wondering what to do with their vote
Canada is a very lucky country. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau or Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole can be relied upon to provide efficient, responsible government. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchett have shown the ability to keep the minority parliament functioning while holding the government accountable.
A vote for any of them would be a good choice. However, if you’re still undecided, here’s some advice, based on the issues you’re most likely to pay attention to.
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