TORONTO/OTTAWA — Canadians didn’t have to wait very long on election night to find out who would lead the next government, yet some individual seats are still close to call.

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According to Granthshala.ca’s election tracker, as of Wednesday evening, seven seats were yet to be called, with the Liberals leading in three races, the Conservatives leading in one, the Bloc Québécois in one and the NDP in two.

The numbers still to be decided will not affect the overall election result, with a moderate minority government, a Conservative official opposition, and both the Bloc and the NDP having enough seats to maintain the balance of power. Liberals are passing major legislation.

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But the results of individual races will have an impact on the people who stay in those rides, and can also affect the outcome of free votes, where members don’t always vote along party lines as well as an overall demographic breakdown. of the House of Commons.

The number of seats can sometimes be seen as a referendum on party leaders, and any last-minute changes to the estimated count will be evaluated by the parties as they take stock of their overall electoral performance.

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Of course, there are some seats that hold more symbolic or strategic importance for some parties.

For example, there is no doubt that the Liberals would have liked to win back the British Columbia seat of Vancouver Granville, which they lost after Jody Wilson-Raybould was expelled from the Liberal caucus over the SNC-Lavalin scandal. He won the seat as an independent in the 2019 federal election, but chose not to contest again this year.

Granthshala News’ Decision Desk on Wednesday evening declared Liberal Taleb Noormohammed as the winner of the riding, defeating NDP candidate Anjali Appadurai by just 258 votes. In Vancouver Granville, 5,359 local mail-in ballot voting kits were returned for elections in Canada on Election Day.

Former NDP MP Ruth Alain Broseau had been hoping for a political comeback by riding Berthier Masquinong in her home, and was in a close fight with current Bloc Quebecois MP Yves Perón, but as of Wednesday evening, Granthshala News’ Decision Desk had announced That he was defeated by 933 votes.

While it’s not unusual for some tight running the next day after the election, the wild card this year is the record number of mail-in ballots cast due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest figures from Elections Canada, more than one million mail-in ballots were returned this year, of which nearly 83 percent—851,213—of those voted in their home rides. These are the local mail-in ballots through which the agency is still working.

Achieving these results is time-consuming because Elections Canada must verify that these voters have not voted in person, as well as conduct other levels of ballot integrity assessments before these votes can be counted. .

The investigation process began on Tuesday and the agency has started reporting on Wednesday with the most expected results, although in some riding it could take until Friday.

According to the Granthshala News Decision Desk, the Liberals and the NDP were also riding to Davenport in Toronto until late Wednesday after all mail-in ballots were counted, where Liberal Julie Dzerowicz ultimately defeated the NDP’s Alejandra Bravo by 165 votes. .

The Salt Ste. Mary Riding also remained at the razor’s edge for nearly two days until Granthshala News’ decision desk declared Liberal incumbent Terry Sheehan the winner by just 247 votes over Conservative Sonny Spina after all mail-in ballots were counted.

Still a seat in Edmonton is certainly too close to the call, representing a potential defeat for a Conservative incumbent.

In Edmonton Grisbach, NDP candidate Blake Desjarais is leading by 1,006 votes over Conservative Kerry Diotte, where a ride received 1,482 mail-in ballots.

Next door at the Edmonton Center, Granthshala News’ Decision Desk on Wednesday night declared Liberal Randy Boissonault the winner with 616 votes over Conservative James Cumming.

To stay on top of results as they continue to be reported in real time from Elections Canada, bookmark our live results map.

With files from Granthshala.ca producer Adam Ward and writer Ben Cousins