Toronto – It may not come as a surprise that an election that seemed to attract less public enthusiasm resulted in a parliament that looks much like the previous one.
As the results came out on Monday night, it became clear that the Liberals would retain the most seats in the House of Commons, that they would not reach the 170 seats needed for a majority, and that their only way out was a parliamentary defeat. is a conservative-NDP-block Québécois team-up.
Beyond that surface-level similarity, however, there were still many surprises to be found in the results of Canada’s 44th general election.
popular vote paradox
A bit of Canada’s electoral history may have happened Monday night – but we may not know for sure for several days.
As of 1:30 a.m. EDT, the Conservatives had garnered 34 percent of the popular vote, compared to 32 percent for the Liberals.
If those numbers hold, it will be a second straight election in which the party that won the most seats in parliament did not receive the most votes.
While there have been few instances in Canadian history of disagreement over the number of popular votes and seats, that has never happened before in successive elections.
We won’t know for sure if it happened this time, however, until Elections Canada counts every final vote – and with plenty of mail-in ballots still to be counted, the Liberals still lead in the popular vote. can increase.
A Generous Appearance on the Prairies
One of the main stories of the 2019 election results involved the Liberals’ luck in the Prairies – or rather, their lack of luck, as they did not win a single seat in Alberta or Saskatchewan.
That was not the case on Monday night, as George Shahal put a red dot on Alberta’s election map after defeating Conservative incumbent Jag Sahota in a Calgary skyview.
The Liberals had previously ridden from 2015 to 2019, when Sahota garnered more than 52 percent of the vote.
Shahal may not be the only Liberal representative to move from Alberta to Ottawa.
By 11:30 a.m. MDT, the rubber-match race at Edmonton Center was considered too close to the call.
Randy Boissonault was ahead of Conservative incumbent James Cumming by a few dozen votes, reporting 54 percent of the vote. Boissonault beat Cumming for riding in 2015, and in 2019, Cumming defeated Boisonault.
Cabinet ministers removed
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s gender-balanced cabinet lost three women.
Voters in Nova Scotia riding South Shore-St. Margaret refuses to send Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan back to Ottawa. Rural Economic Development Minister Mary Monsef and senior minister Deb Schulte awaited the same fate in the ride to Ontario.
All three women were first selected in 2015. Moncef was appointed to the cabinet after that election and moved to three roles in his six years as MP. Schulte combined the cabinet in 2018 and Jordan was appointed to the cabinet for the first time since the 2019 election.
All others in Trudeau’s 37-member cabinet who had sought re-election will return to Ottawa.
The green vote dried up; PPC a minor factor
After garnering more than 6.5 percent of the vote in 2019, the Green Party had a smaller share of the popular vote on Monday night.
For much of the night, the Greens were receiving about two percent of all votes cast nationwide. Because of some of them the party has fielded candidates in only 252 ridings; Its smallest slate since 2000.
Green supporters may see a silver lining in the election of Mike Morris to the Kitchener Center, even if their path is eased amid allegations by Liberal incumbent Raj Saini of ending his campaign early, in which he has been unfair to female employees. behavior, which he refused.
Meanwhile, the People’s Party of Canada won five percent of the popular vote, but failed to face a serious challenger in any individual riding.
People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier seemed unimpressed by the results on election night, telling Granthshala News that he was buoyed by a significant increase in support for his party from 2019, when it received 1.6 percent of the vote.
Evie Lewis out; lives in atwin
In a poll on star candidates, the potential lawmaker who best fits that bill may be Evie Lewis.
The filmmaker was running for the NDP in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, a ride that has been organized by the Liberals since 2015, with the Conservatives and the NDP each occasionally competing.
The race had not been called by Granthshala News as of 10:30 p.m. PDT, but Lewis was trailing by both Liberal incumbent Patrick Weiler and Conservative challenger John Weston.
Meanwhile, Jenika Atwin became the latest lawmaker to cross the floor and maintain the confidence of her constituency. Elected under the Green Banner in 2019, Atwin ousted the Liberals earlier this year, citing concerns about the party’s position on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Voters in Frederickton, NB appeared ready to see Atwin’s party switch, as he secured a narrow victory over his Conservative challenger. Riding the new Green candidate, Nicole O’Burne, was neck-and-neck with the NDP candidate, each of whom garnered barely one-third of Atwin’s total votes.
Long, long lines to vote
Public health measures related to the pandemic with some potential voters lacking suitable polling places to stand in line for hours.
Elections Canada said whoever was in line when voting closed would be allowed to vote, no matter how long it took.
Granthshala.ca wants to hear from anyone who has chosen to leave their polling station instead of waiting in a long line to vote.