Another Liberal minority proves calling election was 'the wrong move,' experts say

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau failed to win his majority government in the snap election he called — and experts say he will need to answer for that disappointing result in the days and weeks to come.

The election is projected to have cost taxpayers roughly $600 million. By Tuesday morning, the Liberals’ seat share was projected to be roughly the same as it was two years ago, with the Conservatives once again in official opposition and the NDP holding the balance of power.

The Liberals are also projected to win around 31 per cent of the popular vote — one of the lowest vote shares for a winning party in Canada’s history.

“This was pure hubris,” said Nelson Wiseman, professor emeritus in political science at the University of Toronto.

“There was so much anger over this election even before it was called. But Trudeau saw polling that looked good for him and took that chance. And more people should have spoken up perhaps, that this was the wrong move.”

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The Liberals entered the campaign with strong public support over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with an equal amount of skepticism over whether an election should be called before the pandemic was under control.

Although a slim majority of voters polled by Ipsos in April said it was important to hold an election to have a say on Trudeau’s government, 57 per cent felt such a vote would not be fair due to health and safety issues, while 54 per said it would be unsafe.

As the campaign went on, voters’ anger over the election grew — something pollsters said they had never seen before — while the Liberals’ support fell from a five-point lead over the Tories to a dead heat.

Ipsos found early in the campaign that Trudeau was found to be the party leader most likely to have a hidden agenda, while his overall approval rating dipped below 50 per cent for the first time since the pandemic began last year. That approval never got back up above water before Election Day.

Wiseman says Trudeau was benefitting during the pandemic from being beamed into Canadians’ homes nearly every day with updates from the federal government.

Once the election was called, however, the opposition leaders were able to grab some of that airtime, diminishing Trudeau’s influence.

Allan Tupper, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, says Trudeau misjudged how much his pre-election appeal would carry into a campaign when voters were focused on their own health and safety.

“The Liberals certainly tried to make the case that they were the ones who could lead through a changing world, a changing country. And I think they miscalculated a bit,” he said.

Tupper said Trudeau may have looked at the provincial elections held during the pandemic that saw some governments win stronger mandates — notably in British Columbia and New Brunswick — and thought the Liberals could do the same.

“But in those cases, (the provincial elections) were held during a relatively quiet time during the pandemic,” he said. “This time it’s looking different.”

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A Liberal campaign source speaking on background pushed back on any claims that the party’s decision to call an election was ill-advised, or that they misjudged how the electorate was feeling.

The source said the Liberals were able to highlight the flaws in the Conservative and NDP plans while framing this election as “a choice” for how to respond to the next stage of the pandemic and beyond.

Any result, the source said, would have been acceptable to the party because it would “show the will of Canadians.”

Greg MacEachern, a former Liberal strategist, also insisted that the party’s staff was “very happy” at campaign headquarters in Montreal.

“(Party staff) were looking at more of the conservative numbers, so they might have been expecting (less seats),” he said. “So from the Liberal campaign point-of-view, they’re very pleased.”

MacEachern did admit that he was “surprised” about how long the public’s anger towards the election lasted in polls and interviews.

As for the potential for Trudeau to face calls to step down as leader after failing to build the Liberals’ support, experts and Liberals alike said that’s unlikely to happen.

“I think it’s wrong for parties to be in the mindset of immediately pushing out a leader if they don’t get the result they like,” said Tupper.

While he said he understands the arguments in favour of Trudeau stepping aside, “I don’t see any compelling reason for Trudeau to go.”

MacEachern pointed to the moment in the French debate where Trudeau pointed to Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s inconsistencies on the subject of gun control, which led to repeated questions on O’Toole’s stance.

“I think that gave traction to the Liberal campaign where they were able to get out from under the talk of the unnecessary election,” he said.

“There’s no one else you can credit for that. There’s not an ad, there’s not a pithy tweet, it was the prime minister at that debate. And I think the campaign owes him a lot for that.”

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Canada election: Southwestern Ontario sees little change in 2021 Federal election results

The 2021 federal election saw voters in the London region stick with the status quo as the same parties were re-elected in all four local ridings.

London West was considered a battleground riding during the campaign but London city councillor Arielle Kayaba claimed victory for the Liberals. Kayabaga won the Liberal nomination after Liberal MP Kate Young chose not to seek re-election.

With 234 of 235 polls reporting, Kayabaga had 36. 4 per cent of the vote, followed by Conservative Rob Flack with 32.2 per cent. NDP candidate Shawna Lewkowtiz received 25 per cent support, and Mike McMullen of the People’s Party of Canada picked up 5.2 per cent of the vote.

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In London North Centre, Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos held off a strong challenge by NDP candidate Dirka Prout to secure re-election.

“It’s a strong minority government,” he said. “We offer Canadians the best plan for overcoming the pandemic and other changes of the day.”

With 180 of 187 polls reporting, Fragiskatos had 37.6 per cent of the vote compared to 28.1 per cent for Prout. Conservative Stephen Gallant picked up 26.5 per cent of the vote, and Marc Emery of the PPC was at 5.2 per cent.

A familiar name cruised to victory in London-Fanshawe as Lindsay Mathyssen was re-elected for the NDP.

“It wasn’t doubt, but until those numbers come up on those screens and from the polling station I had a few butterflies,” said Mathyssen, who succeeded her mother, Irene Mathyssen, in office.

“I am so grateful they saw her as a champion for them, and I want to continue to be that person.”

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With 239 out of 240 polls reporting, Mathyssen had received 43 per cent of the vote, Conservative Mattias Vanderley 23. 7 per cent, Liberal Mohammed Hammoud 23.3 per cent, and Kyle Free of the PPC received 9.3 per cent.

Conservative incumbent Karen Vecchio was easily re-elected in Elgin-Middlesex-London with 50 per cent support with 180 out of 181 polls reporting.

“We really worked hard to get out to talk to people – recognizing it was COVID so we did the contactless campaign, and for anyone who knows me, contactless is not who I am,” Vecchio told Global News.

Although she was the incumbent in the race, Vecchio said she wasn’t sure whether she would be re-elected.

“Unfortunately there were a lot of lines dividing people throughout this election and we will have to get back to working for Canadians,” she said

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Liberal Afeez Ajibowu came in second in the riding with 19.3 per cent, followed by NDP candidate Katelyn Cody with 16 per cent, and PPC candidate Chelsea Hillier with 11.9 per cent.

The Conservatives maintained control in more rural ridings in southwestern Ontario Monday night as Dave MacKenzie was re-elected in Oxford, while Dave Epp was re-elected for a second term in Chatham-Kent-Leamington.

Conservative Lianne Rood was also elected for a second term in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Marilyn Gladu was re-elected for the Conservatives in Sarnia-Lambton, Conservative John Nater was re-elected for a third term in Perth-Wellington, and voters in Huron-Bruce elected Conservative Ben Lobb for a fifth straight time.

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Conservative Brad Redekopp re-elected in Saskatoon West

Conservative incumbent Brad Redekopp was re-elected during Monday's federal election, by a margin of about 2,500 votes. It only became clear he had won late in the evening.

Conservative Brad Redekopp has been re-elected in Saskatoon West.

The incumbent MP won with around 2,500 votes over the NDP candidate, echoing his 2019 election.

The polls showed New Democrat and former Metis Nation – Saskatchewan president Robert Doucette was leading until around 9:30 p.m.

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“The way the polls come in, it’s always our worst polls that come in first,” said Redekopp.

“And so you start to go, ‘oh my goodness,’ you know, ‘this isn’t looking good.’ And then, you know, they kind of come together and then we start to move ahead.”

He said watching the polling stations report back was a rollercoaster.

The lead swung back and forth between the two. At one point Doucette had a 10 percentage point lead that shrunk to just one per cent in 20 minutes.

Speaking to Global News before Elections Canada called the riding, Doucette was stoic.

“There’s only two results in an election. You either win or you lose,” he said.

“I’ve told kids this and I’ve always lived this way. You know, when you when you get knocked down, you brush the dust off your pants.”

Both described mixed feelings.

Redekopp previously told Global News getting rid of Justin Trudeau was the main issue before voters.

But the Liberals will once again form government.

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“We’re going to have a lot of upset voters in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan and in western Canada,” he said.

“We’re going to have to go back and figure out what happened.”

When asked if the People’s Party of Canada sapped votes away, Redekopp said conversations he had with voters indicated the votes came from all camps. And he said some came from disenfranchised voters who hadn’t cast a ballot in a long while.

The PPC candidate Kevin Boychuk finished fourth with 6.4 per cent of the vote, at time of writing and with 168 of 169 ballots reporting.

Dr. Ruben Rajakumar of the Liberals claimed 8.1 per cent and the Green Party’s David Greenfield had 1.1 per cent.

Doucette said the NDP gain of a seat nationally indicated the New Democrat “brand is something that people are gravitating around now,” which bodes well for the party.

Both candidates agreed on one thing – they both said the election, which cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in the middle of the fourth wave of COVID-19, wasn’t worth it.

“It’s a terrible waste of money,” Redekopp said.

“And the prime minister should be embarrassed.”

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Liberals flex Metro Vancouver muscle but can't repeat 2015 surge

The Liberals were the big winner in British Columbia Monday night. Global News reporter Richard Zussman looks at the key Metro Vancouver ridings that have flipped political parties after the 2021 federal election.

The Liberals may not have gained seats nationally in the 2021 federal election, but they gained major ground in Metro Vancouver.

As of 11 p.m., the party was leading or elected in 13 seats in the region, up from the 11 they secured in 2019 — though still shy of the historic 16 seats they picked up in their historic 2015 “red wave.”

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The Conservatives saw their 2019 haul of eight seats reduced to just two, while the NDP upped their total from four to five.

You can find full election results here and find your own riding here.

British Columbia’s urban heart is the largest prize west of the Rockies, representing 24 of 42 federal seats in the province.

The vote-rich suburbs, dubbed by some as “B.C.’s 905,” in reference to the bedroom communities around Toronto, can make or break a party in its quest to power or majority government.

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In 2015, on the path to Justin Trudeau’s majority, the “red wave” flipped eight of those key suburban seats and dominated the Metro Vancouver electoral map in a decades-best performance in the region.

Metro Vancouver strength

It was a good night for the Liberals in Richmond, where the party appeared on track to sweep both Richmond Centre and Steveston-Richmond East.

Richmond Centre was one of the few Metro Vancouver ridings the Liberals failed to capture in their 2015 surge, a feat they appeared ready to finally accomplish in 2021.

With 170 of 185 polls reporting on Monday night, Liberal Wilson Miao led veteran Conservative incumbent Alice Wong by just under 500 votes.

If the result holds, it would be a major upset — Wong has held the riding since 2008 and won it by nearly 8,000 votes in 2019.

The Liberals did win Steveston-Richmond East in 2015, but lost it to Kenny Chiu in 2019 by just under 2,700 votes.

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With 184 of 188 polls reporting on Monday night, Global News projected that Liberal Parm Bains handily unseated Chiu by a margin of more than 3,000 votes.

The other major breakthrough for the Liberals was in Cloverdale-Langley City, where Liberal John Aldag looked ready to unseat Conservative incumbent Tamara Jansen.

With 191 of 202 polls reporting, Aldag led by about 1,500 votes.

Jansen won this seat by fewer than 1,400 votes in 2019, while the Liberals won it in 2015. But the BC NDP swept the area in the 2020 provincial election — raising the prospect that demographic changes could make progressives more competitive in the area.

Both the Conservatives and Liberals pledged to fund the completion of the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain in a clear nod to the riding’s importance.

Jansen has also taken several controversial social conservative positions, including using the term “unclean” in a speech against the Liberals’ proposed ban on conversion therapy.

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Elsewhere in the region, Global News projected the party would hold onto other key 2015 acquisitions, including Environment Minister Johnathan Wilkinson’s riding of North Vancouver, and Terry Beech’s riding of Burnaby North-Seymour.

Liberal Ron McKinnon also held onto Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, one of the closest races in Canada in 2019, when he won by just 390 ballots.

This time, McKinnon made short work of Conservative challenger Katerina Anastasiadis, winning by more than eight per cent.

Veteran MP Hedy Fry was elected in Vancouver Centre for the 10th consecutive time, and cabinet ministers Harjit Sajjan and Carla Qualtrough won again in their respective ridings of Vancouver-South and Delta.

Too close to call

Liberals led in the one riding everyone was watching Monday night, but the race in Vancouver-Granville likely won’t be decided until Tuesday.

As of midnight, Liberal Taleeb Noormohamed led by just a handful votes over the NDP’s Anjali Appadurai in the riding once held by independent and former Liberal cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

With Wilson-Raybould not running again, many observers had picked Vancouver-Granville to be an easy Liberal win.

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But Noormohamed had a rough campaign, plagued by questions about his real estate dealings in recent years that appeared to contradict the spirit of the party’s pledge to crack down on home flipping.

With a large number of mail-in ballots still outstanding, the seat could still flip orange.

NDP on track to flip one seat

Vancouver-Granville aside, the NDP’s gains in the region likely did not live up to the party’s ambitions.

The one bright spot for New Democrats was Port Moody-Coquitlam, a seat that the party was a hair’s breadth from capturing in 2019 when Bonita Zarillo fell to Conservative Nelly Shin by slightly more than 150 votes.

This year was a rematch, and with 195 of 206 polls reporting, Zarillo held a nearly 1,500-vote lead over Shin.

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The NDP last held the seat in 2015 under Fin Donnelly, but hadn’t won there previously since 1988.

Elsewhere in the region, New Democrats held onto seats in Burnaby South — home of party leader Jagmeet Singh — New Westminster-Burnaby, Vancouver East and Vancouver Kingsway.

Tories virtually shut out

Monday was not the night Erin O’Toole and his Conservatives were hoping for in Metro Vancouver.

In 2015, the Tories were reduced to a single seat in the region. In 2019, the party failed to make gains as big as it hoped, but still significantly increased their presence by picking up another seven seats in the Vancouver suburbs — a performance they had hoped to expand in 2021.

In the end, the party did better than the 2015 wipeout, but not much.

Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay held onto her seat of South Surrey-White Rock — former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts’ old seat and the Tories’ only Metro Vancouver seat in 2015 — defeating Liberal Gordie Hogg by more than 2,000 votes.

It was the third time the two had sparred — Hogg won the seat in a 2017 byelection, only to lose it to Findlay in 2019.

And the Conservatives were able to hold Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, where Marc Dalton fended off a challenge from New Democrat Phil Klapwyk by more than 2,400 votes.

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Canada election: Northern territories on track to send NDP, Liberal MPs back to Ottawa

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Results across Canada’s North were headed in the same direction late Monday as in the last federal election in 2019.

NDP candidate Lori Idlout was leading in Nunavut, where she was surrounded by friends and family at a viewing party at Iqaluit’s Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre. She has been projected to win the riding.

“We’re going to make sure that we’re going do the best we can for Nunavummiut,” Idlout told The Canadian Press.

The Inuk lawyer was hoping to hold on to Mumilaaq Qaqqaq’s seat for the NDP after Qaqqaq decided not to run again.

Idlout held a strong lead all evening. However, some mail-in ballots across the North were still to be counted.

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Her daughters were throat singing and supporters cheered as the numbers came in.

“It still doesn’t feel real,” she said.

“I have so much faith in Nunavummiut. I only want to do my best to make sure that what they’ve shared with me becomes a reality.”

Liberal candidate and former Nunavut cabinet minister Pat Angnakak was behind, with Conservative candidate Laura MacKenzie trailing in third place.

Before Qaqqaq was elected in 2019, the seat tossed between the Liberals and Conservatives. Hunter Tootoo won it for the Liberals in 2015 and Conservative Leona Aglukkaq held on to the riding in 2008 and 2011. Before that, Liberal Nancy Karetak-Lindell represented the territory for more than a decade.

Liberal incumbent Michael McLeod was leading in the results in the Northwest Territories, which has been experiencing its worst outbreak of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

Yukon Liberal candidate and the territory’s former chief medical health officer, Brendan Hanley, was also ahead of Conservative Barbara Dunlop and is projected to win.

Hanley took leave from his job as the territory’s top doctor last month to run for the federal Liberals, a decision he said has paid off.

“It’s kind of a relief and a bit of an exhilarating feeling,” Hanley said.

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He said he rarely had to introduce himself to people at the doors while campaigning, having become a household name as chief medical health officer.

“I think more importantly people knew me as someone trusted. I’m someone that’s known to give them the straight goods, as it were, when talking about where we were during the pandemic.”

Hanley said he wants to take his work for the territory to the federal level, especially when it comes to fighting COVID-19.

“I know we have some real challenges in the North, but also some incredible possibilities,” he said.

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From city hall to the House of Commons: Liberal candidate Arielle Kayabaga wins London West

In the span of less than three years, Arielle Kayabaga has made successful debuts in both municipal and federal politics, with the latest campaign launching a jump from city hall to the House of Commons.

London’s Ward 13 councillor allowed the Liberals to maintain their hold on London West following a close race that wasn’t called until hours after polls closed.

In March, when incumbent Liberal MP Kate Young announced she would not seek re-election, London West was predicted to be a battleground riding in the 44th general election.

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On election night, early results saw the lead bounce back and forth by only a small margin between the Liberals and Conservatives before the reigning party widened the gap.

By early Tuesday, Kayabaga had secured 36.4 per cent of the vote for the Liberals based on 99.5 per cent of polls in the riding.

Conservative candidate Rob Flack trailed behind with 32.2 per cent of the vote, while NDP candidate Shawna Lewkowitz came third with 25 per cent of the vote.

While London West had received considerable coverage as a battleground riding, Kayabaga says it wasn’t something that weighed on her.

“Maybe that’s part of being a rookie in campaigns. I didn’t feel the pressure, I was just excited to connect with every single voter and make sure that their priorities are being represented at every single turn,” said Kayabaga.

“The most important conversation tonight is that London West wants a mandate that moves Canadians forward, and wants a mandate that fights for climate action, for $10 child care for women, to support small businesses to get back to work, and access to housing for everyone”

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Kayabaga is expected to take her first federal seat at a House of Commons that will see the Liberals hold a minority government, which is something she feels prepared to navigate.

“The best training I got for that was being on city council and I will continue to use the same skills that I use to work together with everyone, with the same goal of helping Canadians and moving Canadians forward,” Kayabaga said.

As for her seat on city council, the Ward 13 councillors says “we’ll have to figure that out in the next coming days.”

Lewkowitz, the NDP candidate for London West, took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to congratulate Kayabaga.

“I will have more to say in the coming days,” Lewkowitz added in another tweet posted minutes later.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the full-hearted team that believed so clearly that better was possible I am deeply grateful for every supporter & volunteer here in (London West) and beyond.”

 

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Canada election: Greater Toronto Area gives Liberals path to victory in repeat of 2019

WATCH ABOVE: Speaking to Liberal party faithful early on Tuesday morning, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said the outcome of the 2021 election represented, in his opinion, a "clear mandate" from Canadians as he returns to office for a third time, though in a second minority parliament.

TORONTO — The Greater Toronto Area has done it again – propelling the Liberals to victory.

Justin Trudeau‘s Liberals carved a path to their minority win straight through the Toronto area, as early results showed their win was in no small part due to a sweep, or near-sweep, of the city and much of its surrounding region.

Ontario’s electoral map was little changed from 2019 in the Greater Toronto Area, showing a sea of red, though Davenport flipped between the Liberals and NDP with minuscule margins making it too close to call.

“It’s not just Ontario, I think it’s pretty much the whole country – it’s the same electoral map as last time,” said Jonathan Rose, a political science professor at Queen’s University.

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“Of course it begs the question: well why have the election? But maybe the point of the election was sort of a kind of Goldilocks answer. Voters weren’t so hot on Justin Trudeau. They weren’t so cool on him, but they thought he was OK. Not a ringing endorsement.”

Genevieve Tellier, a political science professor at the University of Ottawa, said it was a “copy-paste election,” but the Liberals’ $10-a-day child-care plan was likely a factor in their wins in the GTA, where parents pay some of the highest fees in the country.

“Also, the Liberal win is a blessing for (Premier) Doug Ford: he will be able to negotiate an accord on child-care service with the federal government, and so this will not be an issue for the next provincial election,” Tellier said.

In the 2019 election, Ford became Trudeau’s punching bag, but during this campaign, the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, where COVID-19 cases have surged, served as the Liberal leader’s proxy Conservative bogeymen.

Still, Ford’s popularity has dropped since the initial months of the pandemic, and Trudeau tried to appeal to voters who would be concerned about the prospect of conservative leaders at both levels.

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“None of this happens if Erin O’Toole is sitting across the table from Doug Ford,” Trudeau said several times of both his child-care plan and vaccine policies.

Despite much of the province being status quo, there were some notable changes.

Green Party candidate Mike Morrice won Kitchener Centre, where incumbent Liberal Raj Saini resigned during the campaign over allegations that he harassed a female staff member, claims he firmly denies.

But Green Party leader Annamie Paul placed fourth in Toronto Centre, where she spent the vast majority of the election campaign.

That riding was retained by Liberal former broadcaster Marci Ien. In fact, only a handful of ridings across the province saw incumbents lose their seats.

In the bellwether riding of Peterborough-Kawartha, which has only rarely bucked the trend of electing a government MP, incumbent Liberal Maryam Monsef lost to her Conservative challenger.

The Conservatives won the riding of Thornhill, north of Toronto, but the rest of the GTA electoral map showed red from Whitby to Burlington. Elsewhere in the province, the Tories won 37 seats, much of their support coming from rural and suburban ridings.

Leslyn Lewis, who ran for the Conservative leadership last year, won Haldimand-Norfolk, which had been left vacant after veteran Tory Diane Finley retired.

The People’s Party pulled in six per cent of the vote, though it didn’t win any seats.

There were reports of long lineups at some polling stations, with voters waiting several hours to cast a ballot.

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Riley Galapon waited for two hours to vote in the Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York, where in previous elections it’s taken her less than 10 minutes.

“I was aware there were lineups but didn’t expect to be there for two hours,” she said.

Fewer polling stations were open since many schools were not used as voting locations due to the pandemic.

Galapon said she and her fiance tried to keep busy while waiting in line.

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“We streamed a bit of the Blue Jays game,” she said. “We talked to a few people in line here and there. Some were really frustrated while there was some like us who weren’t really too fussy and just enjoyed being outside.”

The Liberals and NDP had both been leading in Spadina-Fort York, despite the Liberals cutting ties with their candidate days before the vote after learning he previously faced a sexual assault charge that was later dropped. However, that came too late for the ballots to be changed, so Kevin Vuong was still listed as a Liberal.

The Liberals have said if he is elected he will not be a member of the Liberal caucus.

Several prominent Liberal cabinet ministers in Ontario such as Chrystia Freeland, Bill Blair and Patty Hajdu retained their seats.

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PPC hospital protests a 'strategic blunder': Saskatoon-Grasswood MP

WATCH: Saskatoon-Grasswood incumbent MP Kevin Waugh says the hospital protests that PPC candidate Mark Friesen attended were not well received by many of the voters he spoke with and ultimately resulted in a loss of support.

Saskatoon-Grasswood incumbent MP Kevin Waugh is celebrating a victory in his riding after snagging more than 50 per cent of the votes by 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Waugh didn’t waste words when it came to the People’s Party of Canada candidate in his riding, Mark Friesen, who was in attendance at several hospital protests against vaccine passports.

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“When I knocked on doors, people were absolutely appalled that someone would go to the city hospital and hold a protest,” Waugh said following his victory. “I knew right then they were in trouble in this province. People were really upset with those protests at city hospital here in Saskatoon.”

Friesen had received only about five per cent of the riding’s votes by 11:30 p.m., which Waugh says is a direct result of the hospital protests.

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“That was a strategic blunder by the PPC,” he said on Monday night. “And I’m glad tonight they got their answer from the people of Saskatchewan.”

Waugh is a Conservative MP and has represented the riding of Saskatoon-Grasswood since the 2015 election.

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Liberal incumbent Ron McKinnon re-elected in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam

Liberal Ron McKinnon is starting to get used to close races.

Global News project he is expected to keep his seat in this federal election, holding on to the riding of Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.

This riding, along with the next-door riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam, was one of the closest races in the country during the last federal election.

The Conservatives made a big push to pick up this riding from the Liberals. Leader Erin O’Toole visited the riding with Conservative Katerina Anastasiadis earlier this month.

More than 4,000 mail-in ballots in the riding are still left to be counted. The counting process for all mail-ins will start on Tuesday.

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As a political newcomer in 2015, McKinnon surprisingly won this riding by fewer than 2,000 votes over Conservative and former MLA Douglas Horne.

He eventually defeated Conservative Nicholas Insley by just 390 votes.

This riding is made up of the City of Port Coquitlam, the land east of Indian Arm and the Indian River, Pitt Lake Indian Reserve No. 4, the City of Coquitlam north of Highway 7A and Coquitlam Indian Reserve No. 2.

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Canada Election: Conservatives win Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River

WATCH: Conservative candidate Gary Vidal gives his speech to a small crowd in Meadow Lake after he was projected to be re-elected as MP of Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River in Saskatchewan.

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, a riding that had been considered one of the closest races in Saskatchewan, was called fairly quickly on election night.

Conservative incumbent Gary Vidal is holding onto his seat in the province’s northern riding after being selected in around half of more than 90 per cent of recorded ballots Monday night.

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The former Meadow Lake mayor celebrated with a group of volunteers in the city.

He noted his commitment to making stops in communities across Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River as truly making a difference in getting out the vote.

“I heard from people over and over and over again how they appreciated my commitment to get out and be in their communities, listen to their concerns, talk to the people, get to know what’s going on and I really do believe people appreciate that,” Vidal said.

Former Athabasca MLA and Liberal Party candidate Buckley Belanger received about a quarter of the vote while NDP candidate Harmonie King received around 17 per cent.

Both candidates were unavailable to speak Monday night.

The results were a surprise to some experts, considering all three major parties have won this seat recently and the race was decided by 82 votes in 2015.

“I thought it would be a lot more contentious,” said University of Saskatchewan political scientist Daniel Westlake.

“That’s a surprising result to the Liberals and the NDP who are well under their past performances (in this riding).”

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In 2019, Vidal won the riding with 42 per cent of the vote, while the Liberal and NDP candidates received 26 and 28 per cent respectively.

Vidal added he’s not afraid to jump across the aisle and advocate for northern Saskatchewan with the newly elected Liberal minority government like he said he did in his first two years in the job.

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