Here’s our daily look at what’s happening on the federal campaign trail.
- At long last, it’s election day. Today, Canadians across the country will go to the polls. In Ontario, polling stations open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. Still need to know where to cast your ballot? Elections Canada has a handy search tool for finding out where you should vote.
- Almost all the federal party leaders spent the last day of the campaign in the Vancouver area, where they are fighting for seats that could potentially mean the difference between a minority or majority government.
- The Globe and Mail reports that Warren Kinsella, political consultant and founder of the Daisy Group, was hired to create a campaign to portray the People’s Party of Canada as racist. “The records make several references to a ‘client’ for the project, including sending a bill for payment, but the client’s identity is not revealed in the documents,” write Globe reporters Bill Curry and Tom Cardoso. “A source with direct knowledge of the project said the client listed in the documents is the Conservative Party of Canada.” Both Kinsella and Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer have declined to comment on the relationship.
- Which Liberal cabinet ministers will survive the election? The CBC looks at a few ridings where incumbents — including Environment Minister Catherine McKenna — are in tight races with challengers. “McKenna is working to hold her Ottawa Centre riding against NDP candidate Emilie Taman, a former federal prosecutor and law professor. The riding, which includes the parliamentary precinct, had the highest voter turnout in the country last election, with 82 per cent of eligible voters casting a ballot,” writes CBC reporter Kathleen Harris.
- A veteran pollster says that he’s never before seen the electorate “so polarized in such an extreme fashion.” Frank Graves, founder and CEO of EKOS Research, tells the Toronto Star that the evidence of this divide is clear. “The polarization is evident in the key issues underlying the election … I just don’t see any common ground. The gaps are massive, much bigger than they’ve been historically,” he told Star reporter Bruce Campion-Smith.
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What to watch for
- Scheer will close out the campaign in Saskatchewan, where he’ll hold his election-night party at the International Trade Centre in Regina.
- NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will be in Burnaby, British Columbia, for his election-night party.
- Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will hold his party at Palais des congrès de Montréal.
- Elizabeth May will be attending the Green party election-night event at the Victoria Conference Centre.