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Election 2019 gets underway with polls closing in Atlantic Canada

Last Updated Oct 21, 2019 at 5:25 pm PDT

A man at a voting booth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Summary

The polls have closed in Newfoundland and Labrador

It's expected to be a long night to determine whether Trudeau’s Liberals will get a second mandate to govern Canada

OTTAWA — The polls have closed in Newfoundland and Labrador, signalling the start of what promises to be a long night to determine whether Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will get a second mandate to govern Canada.

Polls have suggested that the Liberals and Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives finished the 40-day campaign in a dead heat, with neither in position to win a majority of seats in the House of Commons.

The Liberals appeared to have an edge over the Conservatives in Ontario and Quebec, which account for almost 60 per cent of the 338 seats up for grabs.

Still, an unexpected surge in support for the Bloc Quebecois upended the hopes of both the front-running parties for gains in Quebec

And a bounce for the NDP after Jagmeet Singh’s performance in the leaders’ debates ate into Liberal support in Ontario and British Columbia.

The Green Party, which had hoped for a big breakthrough in this election, appeared to stall mid-campaign but is in a battle with the NDP in B.C.

Maxime Bernier, leader of the fledgling People’s Party of Canada, is fighting to retain his own Quebec seat in Beauce.

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