Elections Canada said that it is taking measures to make sure voters remain safe when they cast their ballots on Monday, noting the deployment of more security forces and police.
This comes amid a campaign followed by aggressive and destructive protests against vaccines and masks, in addition to other nationwide demonstrations, which saw thousands of hospitals, roads, and government buildings closed.
“Anyone has no right to enter and disrupt the voting process, no right to intimidate voters, these things are covered by election law,” said Diane Benson of Elections Canada.
She added that polling stations may see more security personnel, and local police will be on standby if a problem arises.
“When they go to vote they will be able to vote in a safe and secure environment,” she promised, adding that there were only a few isolated incidents during the pre-voting and she hopes next Monday will go smoothly.
Election day comes after weeks of security concerns for candidates, led by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, who faced demonstrations and attempted attacks from conservative and right-wing supporters during his election campaign .