Canada goes to poll to elect new Parliament

Voters in Canada are going to elect 338-member House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament today. One hundred and seventy seats are needed to form a majority government.

The poll is largely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It is expected to be a close race between Trudeau’s Liberals and Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, with Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party making gains in the final week of the campaigning. Forty-seven year old Trudeau is seeking a second mandate.

Trudeau and Scheer made last desperate pitches to undecided voters over the weekend in key battlegrounds in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec provinces.

Canada’s election takes place in 338 ridings or seats across the country, and preliminary results should be announced around 8pm on election night. One hundred and seventy seats are needed to be able to form a majority government, and polls show neither Trudeau nor Scheer are anywhere near that threshold.


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