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What’s a hung Parliament, and how does it work?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 22, 2019
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Polls across most of Ontario are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (iStock.com)

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Canadians go to the polls

After a campaign that featured multiple controversies and big swings in public opinion, voters get to have their say today. Polls across most of Ontario are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. In the province’s northwest, which runs on Central Time, voting can be done between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

And remember: by law, voters must have three consecutive hours to cast their ballot. If your work schedule does not allow for this time, your employer must give you the time off.


So, you want to know about minority governments?

With polls showing that a minority government is likely — and at least one survey suggesting many voters would be quite happy if that happened  — there have been lots of questions about how a such a government would work. Should the party that wins the most seats automatically get to govern? How could a coalition government come together? Constitutional expert Philippe Lagassé and Steve Paikin have some answers to those questions and more. Also, here’s TVO.org’s Jamie Bradburn on a time more than 40 years ago when a different Trudeau needed the NDP’s help to stay in power.


New app helps to track pollution in Sarnia’s ‘Chemical Valley’ 

An app launched on Apple and GooglePlay on the weekend to track pollution — and its health effects — from oil refineries in Sarnia, where 40 per cent of Canada’s petrochemicals are processed. Pollution Reporter will allow users to quickly report pollution incidents to Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and connect emissions data with known health harms research. An Indigenous-led project from the Technoscience Research Unit at the University of Toronto, Pollution Reporter also intends to educate about the impact the oil industry has had on Aamjiwnaang First Nation, on whose traditional lands the refineries sit.



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What’s a hung Parliament, and how does it work?

Steve Paikin has had more than a few people ask him what will happen if no single partly wins a majority of the seats this federal election. His answer? “This is not like a hockey game. This is not like a baseball game, where at the end of the night you see who scored more goals or more runs and they’re the ones who’ve won.” If you’re looking for a breakdown of how minority governments work, Steve does it here — all in less than three minutes.


National Geographic: Eyes Wide Open


A praying mantis has stereo vision and goats have rectangular pupils. Those are just two of many amazing scientific facts about how humans and animals see the world. In this eye-opening documentary, science journalist Michael Stevens learns how the windows of the soul have inspired incredible emerging technology.



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Ontario under water: Why the southwest needs to prepare for extreme weather


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In the last of our three-part series about how extreme weather has affected Ontario, Mary Baxter looks at how federal election candidates in the riding of Windsor West are addressing repeated, massive flooding in the area. They each talk about a sustainable funding formula, but one environment expert says such a policy isn’t enough.




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#onpoli: Could Scheer win the most seats, but Trudeau still be PM?

Could you imagine a federal government with Jagmeet Singh as attorney general? Or the Bloc’s Yves-François Blanchet as minister of Canadian heritage and multiculturalism? #onpoli podcast hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath break down the possible scenarios in a hung Parliament — including how Andrew Scheer could win the most seats, but still see Justin Trudeau end up forming government.



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Making reconciliation a reality

It’s been more than a decade since the launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and almost 25 years since the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Still, many Canadians are insufficiently well-informed about the history or culture of Indigenous people to understand what reconciliation is, and why it’s vital to Canada’s future. Bob Joseph, founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., joins The Agenda to discuss his books: 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act and Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality. 


9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Indira Gandhi

As the first female leader of the world’s largest democracy, Indira Gandhi inherited a country plagued by poverty, famine, and social injustice. Yet she triumphed over her critics, ushered India into a confident independent democracy, and rose to dominate India’s political stage for nearly two decades. This documentary looks at her life, work, and legacy. 

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