As it happened: Canada elects minority Liberal government – Montreal Gazette

As it happened: Canada elects minority Liberal government - Montreal Gazette
Live Canada election results 2019: Real-time results in the federal election
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Normally, you would expect Scheer to begin speaking after Singh is finished… and Trudeau to start his victory speech once Scheer is done.

Global News is projecting a Liberal minority government though it is not yet clear which party will hold the balance of power. Polls across Canada have closed and the election may come down to who wins the most seats in British Columbia.

Apologies for the lack of detail on Scheer’s speech. You can watch it in the YouTube video below.

We have live, real-time election results for all 338 ridings. We have live results by party and province so you can see who will be representing your riding.

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In his speech, Trudeau said he heard the message Canadians sent tonight, suggesting voters wanted the Liberal government “to invest in Canadians,” make reconciliation with Indigenous peoples a priority and work on “the greatest challenge of our times – climate change.”

Global News’ Decision Canada election broadcast is airing nationally from 9 p.m. ET across all Global-affiliated television and radio stations.

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We will govern for everyone, says Trudeau, regardless of how you cast your ballot. Ours is a team that will fight for all Canadians.

"To Canadians in Alberta…I've heard your frustration. Let's all work hard to bring our country together," @justintrudeau says in his speech..

Canadians across the country head to the polls Monday, Oct. 21 to take part in the country’s 43rd general election.

Laurier talked of unifying power of common goals and aspirations. Canadians expect us to make that shared vision a reality, says Trudeau. We want hardship for none and prosperity for all.

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"We are leading the popular vote," says Scheer. "More Canadians wanted us to win than any other party."

Liberal supporters react to a prediction of a Liberal government at the Liberal election night headquarters Monday, October 21, 2019 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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The NDP under Jagmeet Singh is ahead in or has won 25 ridings at the moment. That’s 19 fewer than the party took in the last election under Thomas Mulcair.

A 40-day election campaign came to an end with a result that will give the Liberals a minority government.

But the result is better than many predicted before the election. And with a minority government set to take power, Singh will wield a lot of influence.

The votes have been counted, and here are the results for eastern Ontario and western Quebec. In Ottawa Carleton: Pierre Poilievre Glengarry–Prescott–Russell: Francis Drouin Kanata–Carleton: Karen McCrimmon Nepean: Chandra Arya Orléans: Marie-France Lalonde Ottawa Centre: Catherine McKenna Ottawa South: David McGuinty Ottawa–Vanier: Mona Fortier  Ottawa West–Nepean: Anita Vandenbeld Eastern Ontario Bay of Quinte: Neil Ellis Hastings–Lennox and Addington: Derek Sloan Kingston and the Islands: Mark Gerretsen Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston: Scott Reid Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes: Micheal Barrett Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke: Cheryl Gallant Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry: Eric Duncan Western Quebec Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation: Stéphane Lauzon Gatineau: Steve MacKinnon Hull–Aylmer: Greg Fergus Pontiac: Will Amos Local live blog Skip Scribble CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices|About CBC NewsReport Typo or Error|Send FeedbackRelated Stories Track the national results here How to watch and listen as federal election results come in CommentsTo encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

“I will continue to be present in Quebec,” Singh said, adding that he still hopes to bring together progressive voters in the province with those in other parts of the country.

The special broadcast features reporting from key battleground ridings and the main parties’ headquarters, with analysis from Dawna Friesen, host of Global National; Mercedes Stephenson, Ottawa bureau chief and host of The West Block; chief political correspondent David Akin; senior national affairs correspondent Eric Sorensen; and Darrell Bricker, CEO of leading polling firm Ipsos.

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He said the NDP wants “young people to be filled with hope” and for Canada to be “a global leader in the fight against the climate crisis.” In addition, he said he will fight to ensure that Canadian families “have a more affordable life” and that Canada becomes “a nation that take reconciliation seriously.”

Singh’s speech was interrupted by chants of “Tax the rich!” to which Singh responded: “That’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

As of 9 p.m. ET, Global News’ Decision Canada election broadcast is airing nationally across all Global-affiliated television and radio stations.

The winner of this election is not a leader or a party – the winners should be Canadians.They want a government that works for them. Not the rich and the powerful. #ElectionDay #elxn43

The live blog below has ongoing text, photo and video updates from the Global News election team — and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Congratulations to @JustinTrudeau on a wonderful and hard fought victory. Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!

The Decision Canada broadcast is streaming live on, in the video player above and on the Global News Facebook page.

So at the moment, the Liberals have only gone down by 2 seats in Ontario. Of the 156 ridings they hold right now, 78 are in Ontario.

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Colleague Frédéric Tomesco writes: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were in a dogfight Monday night to sweep Laval and also to secure a majority of seats on Montreals South Shore to fend off the resurgent Bloc Québécois.

Incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is also the leader of the Liberal Party, hopes to win his title back. Running against him are Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer and New Democrat Party Leader Jagmeet Singh.

Tonights results were further proof that campaigns and good debate performances matter when trying to woo fickle voters, the Gazettes Philip Authier writes in this analysis.

At the bottom of the doodle, Google has linked to Elections Canadas web page that details all the information you need to know before you go and vote.

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“We’ve come back from far – but we’ll go even further,” Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet tells jubilant crowd in Montreal.

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The party is leading or has won 32 seats – more than triple the 10 it managed in the last election.

But he said there are some things the Bloc will not tolerate. It will, for example, oppose any proposal to install a pipeline across Quebec or any measure that does not respect Quebec values, secularism or the French language.

The polls in Ontario closed at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 21. has got you covered for detailed election night news from Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes and Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

He was interrupted by chants of “On veut un pays!” to which Blanchet responded: “So do I.”

Normally, you would expect a Bloc leader to speak a few words in English but Blanchet stuck to French. He did mention anglophone Quebecers, saying he wants francophones outside of Quebec to have the same level of service in their mother tongue as anglophones have in English in Quebec.

A little over an hour after polls closed, a Liberal minority government was called. Yet in our local area, Conservatives held all their seats.

 Les Québécois et les Canadiens se donnent un parlement minoritaire. […] Le Bloc Québecois peut collaborer avec nimporte quel gouvernement. Si cest bon pour le Québec, le Bloc va travailler avec vous. Le coeur est à la fête au National à Montréal!

In his concession speech earlier, Maxime Bernier said: “We will be stronger next time. It’s only the beginning.”

Looking dazed and demoralized, Bernier said yes, despite his stinging defeat, he will indeed continue to build the People’s Party of Canada and he plans to run again in Beauce.

As Canadas election results begin to trickle in from across the country, major news outlets are using different tactics to keep Canadians both entertained and informed. While some outlets are focused on delivering the election information with experts and discussion, others are injecting a bit of fun into their coverage to keep Canadians interested and entertained during this long and busy night of vote counting.

With 73 per cent of the vote counted, the People’s Party has received 1.7 per cent of the popular vote nationally.

The short video showed various clips and images of Canadians across the country, interjected with short snippets and pictures of the major party leaders. In the background, there was a rap song audio, that touched on various issues that have arisen during the 43rd Canadian federal election.

Stop the presses, NDP's @RE_Brosseau now just 369 votes behind in a crazy race in Berthier-Maskinongé. Current count is 14,315 to 13,946 with 221 of 273 polls reporting. Nail biter!

As part of their extensive election coverage, CBC caught the attention of Canadians across the country, by including an election rap, that included all of the major party leaders. 

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Conservative Sylvie Fréchette, a household name in Quebec because of her two Olympic medals in synchronized swimming, came a distant third in Rivière-du-Nord, a riding in the Lower Laurentians.

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You may remember her from the 2011 election when she raised eyebrows by spending several days in Las Vegas during that campaign, and was then roasted for her poor French.

But voters in the riding — on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, between Repentigny and Trois-Rivières — embraced her. Brosseau became known as a hard worker, her French improved and she easily won re-election in 2015, unlike many other NDP MPs.

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And then there was one. @NDP's @AlexBoulerice is the last man standing in Quebec, as the party's star candidate Ruth Ellen Brosseau appears to have lost a very close race to the Bloc's Yves Perron. Currently 13,673 votes to 12,734 with 215 of 273 polls reporting.

Winners declared by The Canadian Press will have a check mark beside their name. The first results will be available shortly after 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Bloc and the NDP each took one. Bloc MP Mario Beaulieu won re-election in La Pointe-de-L’Île. NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice was re-elected in Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie.

Federal election ballots are still counted by hand. It could be a long night.

Hassan Guillet ran as an independent in Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel after he was turfed as the Liberal candidate over alleged anti-Semitic social media posts. But Guillet, a high profile member of the Muslim community, fell flat.

Election Day in Vancouver brings to end a weekend thick with electioneering in the province, as the leaders of Canada’s four main federal parties spent the last days on the campaign trail trying to appeal to voters across British Columbia.

Liberal Patricia Lattanzio, a city councillor and English Montreal School Board commissioner, has 62 per cent of the vote at the moment. Guillet: seven per cent.

The mood is one of relief and joy in Liberal candidate Patricia Lattanzios campaign headquarters after CTV declared she won in Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel.

Polls heading into the weekend suggested a tight race, with B.C. ridings that were close in 2015 looking particularly important in this election.

Environmentalist Steven Guilbeault, a Liberal, is leading by six percentage points in Laurier—Sainte-Marie, ahead of the Bloc’s Michel Duchesne. But only 10 of 174 polls are reporting.

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The Green Party’s only hope in Quebec – former NDP MP Pierre Nantel – is a distant third in Longueuil-Saint-Hubert.

The Bloc’s Denis Trudel, who tried and failed to win here in 2015, appears set to clinch the riding, just ahead of Liberal Réjean Hébert (a former Parti Québécois health minister)

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The leader of the People’s Party of Canada is far behind his Conservative opponent… And the other Maxime Bernier managed to get 363 votes.

The National Post is saying the Liberals are poised to form the next government. Whether or not it will be a majority is yet to be called.

Reaction in the room as a Liberal government is called. Followed by chants of four more years. #cdnpoli #elxn43

At the moment, the Liberals are leading or elected in 35, with the Bloc ahead in 28. The Conservatives are leading in nine ridings, while the NDP is ahead in just two.

Robocalls tell voters to head to the polls a day late

Supporters of NDP candidate Franklin Gertler in NDG-Westmount watch the results at his campaign office on Sherbrooke St. W and Beaconsfield Ave.

Supporters of NDP candidate Franklin Gertler in NDG-Westmount watch the results at his campaign office on Sherbrooke St. W and Beaconsfield Ave.

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The Bloc is ahead in 14 ridings, that would be two more seats than needed to give it official party status — that means over $1 million in funding, more time in the House of Commons.

Bloc crowd goes wild with Blanchet! Blanchet! Blanchet! as the leader pulls ahead in Beloeil. 8 ridings leaning BQ. #elxn43

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So far, the Bloc has 34 per cent of the popular vote, the Liberals 31 per cent, the Conservatives 25 per cent and the NDP at just four per cent.

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The Liberals are leading in 13 Quebec ridings, the Bloc in eight, the Conservatives in three and the NDP in one.

Early results show Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet is leading in his riding – Beloeil-Chambly.

In Beauce riding, Maxime Bernier of the People’s Party of Canada is trailing his Conservative rival, Richard Lehoux.

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Police locking down Ste Catherine St ahead of Bloc leaders arrival. Im assuming the bus is full of riot cops. Thats the one they travel in.

McGill students debate voting strategically versus voting on principle. Progressive voters had a dilemma in this election. Do you vote strategically to try ensure the Conservatives don’t win or do you vote following principles?

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The Liberals are fighting to keep Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel. Long a Liberal fortress, the riding witnessed a rancorous campaign between candidates.

NDP star candidate Ruth Ellen Brosseau fights to hang on to party toehold. The former unilingual Ottawa bartender has made herself at home in Berthier-Maskinongé, where she faced stiff competition from the Bloc.

Projections see Pierrefonds-Dollard remaining Liberal. Whatever the outcome, voters will be looking for action on climate change, services for seniors as well as increased support of local businesses.

Shes not a Canadian citizen but got a voters card: Bound to be a few errors says Elections Canada

There was an “incident” at a polling station at a retirement home on Tupper St. in Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Soeurs riding in Montreal. I have asked Elections Canada for more details but have not heard back yet.

Important Notice: If your polling place is Manoir Charles Dutaud, please note that due to an incident, your polling station has moved to the Elections Canada office at 4019 Notre-Dame Street West.

Before results start pouring in from seat-rich Quebec (it’s home to 78 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons), here’s the seat breakdown at dissolution.

The first Quebec results are trickling in. That’s because one riding – Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine – is in the Atlantic time zone.

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With one of 214 polls reporting, the Liberal incumbent Diane Lebouthillier is leading by 11 votes…

Liberal candidate Patricia Lattanzio just arrived to cheers at her campaign office in Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel. Lattanzio switches easily from French to English to Italian as she instructs her team to still get the vote out with less than an hour before polls close. #elxn43

In Longueuil—St-Hubert, Pierre Nantel holds this riding, but defected from the NDP just before the election call. Hes hoping to become Green Partys first Quebec MP.

Nick James, a 22-year-old McGill neuroscience student, decided to vote strategically in his home riding of York South-Weston. So he voted Liberal cos he doesnt want to see a Conservative government.

More media than supporters so far at Restaurant du Fleuve in St-Berthélémy, waiting for the polls to close and NDP star candidate RE_Brosseau to arrive. She's seeking a third term, but is neck and neck with the Bloc's @yvesperronbq .

So far, the results are in line with what polls were showing. If that trend continues across Canada, it would probably be a minority Liberal government.

If you’re in line when the polls close, you’ll still be able to vote, Elections Canada just said on Twitter.

A technician works on the stage at Liberal headquarters in Montreal Monday October 21, 2019. John Mahoney / jpg

Liberals HQ at Palais des Congrès in Montreal. Doors have just opened to the public. Trudeau expected later #cdnpoli  #elxn43

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Bloc Québécois headquarters at Le National — great venue for a psych rock concert. Well see if everyones tripping out after #elxn43

MONTREAL, QUE.: October 21, 2019 — TV crews check the lights before the start of Bloc quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet election night event in Montreal, on Monday, October 21, 2019. (Allen McInnis / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 63335 Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

P.J. Fournier’s 338Canada uses polling data and previous election results to create seat projections.

Here’s what he was projecting very early in the campaign, followed by what he projected yesterday.

They won’t be elected prime minister tonight but polls – and these projections – show Yves-François Blanchet of the Bloc Québécois and Jagmeet Singh of the New Democrats did something right over the past 40 days.

Justin Trudeau is in his Papineau riding this morning. Waiting in line with family to vote #cdnpoli #elxn43

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer just arrived at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Regina to cast his vote in for his riding of Regina-QuAppelle. #elxn43 #cdnpoli #yqr #sk @ctvregina

So far, voting seems to be going well in the Montreal area, though in Laval, north of the city, some confused voters called 911 to ask where they could cast ballots.

Elections Canada says some voters in Quebec and Atlantic Canada have received robocalls falsely claiming that voting day is tomorrow. That’s wrong, of course: today – Oct. 21 – is voting day.

We have received reports about some electors receiving robocalls indicating that election day is on a date other than today (from Quebec, NS and NB).

We have no indication these calls are widespread. Today is election day, and the only day to vote. It is illegal to willfully misdirect electors in order to prevent them from voting.

If anyone has received a communication that they believe shares the wrong information about the electoral process, they should contact Elections Canada as soon as possible at 1-800-463-6868. Elections Canada is the authoritative source on where, when and ways to vote in the federal election.

The CBC is reporting that in New Brunswick, one of the calls appears to have originated at a number controlled by Proudly New Brunswick, which is affiliated with Canada Strong and Proud. The two anti-Liberal organizations are funded by the conservative Manning Centre.

A team of Montreal Gazette reporters is covering the election results tonight. Stay tuned to this post for updates.

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