As the results begin to trickle in from the east coast, the 2015 Canadian election is already looking like an interesting one. With the longest election campaign since 1872 at an impressive 78 days, this campaign has been full of twists and turns from the get go. Issues throughout the campaign have varied from immigration policies to controversial topics such as the notorious niqab debate.
Throughout the campaign, the polls have shifted. The NDP began leading in the polls, but more recent surveys have shown that the Liberal Party has gained favour and taken the lead among voters. Social media experts say that the most talked about party leader is Liberal Justin Trudeau, with NDP leader Tomas Muclair and current Prime Minister and Conservative Leader Stephen Harper not far behind.
Results have begun creeping in from Eastern Canada, as the polls closed earlier this evening. So far, the country’s east coast is painted red with the Liberal Party taking 30 seats already and leading in an additional 3 ridings (as of 9:22pm EDT).
Quebec ridings will also be ones to watch this election. In the 2011 federal election, Quebec made a bold move to go orange, voting out the Bloc Quebecois in favour of Jack Layton’s NDP. The question is whether or not they will keep their NDP representation, return to the Bloc Quebecois, or vote for another party entirely.
Another province to watch is Alberta. The normally conservative blue province recently outed a 40+ year conservative stronghold in favour of an NDP government in their latest provincial election this spring.
Historically, the province has had a rocky relationship with the federal Liberal Party after Pierre Elliot Trudeau, father of current Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, introduced the National Energy Program in 1980. The program was unpopular with the province and many have not forgiven the Liberal Party for it yet. Though the conservatives suffered in the provincial election, it will be interesting to see if Albertans will stick with the Orange Wave trend for the federal election.
The federal election ridings have changed since the last election as well. Ridings have been combined; boarders have been redrawn. It will be interesting to see how the changes impact outcomes in ridings, specifically those in Western Canada. Some political experts speculate that the changes may have a positive impact for both the Liberals and NDPs.
There is no way to tell how the country will vote in a race that’s too close to call. Experts predict that the results will most likely be a minority government, but cannot say who will lead it. All they know for sure is that this election is bound to be close, and it will come down to every last vote.
The last polls close at 7:00pm Pacific Daylight Time in British Columbia.