In the parliamentary election in Canada, there is a close race between Justin Trudeau and its conservative challenger Andrew Scheer. Around 27 million citizens in the G7 country were called upon to elect new MPs. Those who will govern the country’s second largest state in terms of surface area in the future remained open for the time being: polls by liberals and conservatives, at 30 to 34 percent at the end, were about the same.
The deputies are elected by direct election according to the majority principle. Particularly important are the densely populated areas around the city of Toronto, where the vote decides. First election results are expected on Tuesday morning. The last polling stations should close at 4:00 GMT on the west coast of Canada.
Around 27 million citizens in the G7 country were called upon to elect new MPs
If a minority government were needed, Trudeau or Scheer would need toleration by smaller parties. Among them, the Social Democrats of Jagmeet Singh were recently on the rise. Like the Greens, they are politically closer to the liberals. Even the strengthened regional party Bloc Quebec could be decisive in the end.
Trudeau leads the North American government with 37 million inhabitants since 2015 by an absolute majority. His record after four years is mixed. Although he has legalized marijuana as promised and has taken in more than 25,000 Syrian refugees. However, he could not keep some of his election promises, such as electoral reform or a balanced budget until 2019.
Canadian people see Trudeau as least bad option
The Conservatives led an anti-Trudeau election campaign. Scheer berated the PM as a “cheater” who dupes the Canadian people. In terms of content, he promised the citizens “more money in their pockets” in the face of concerns about rising prices. The conservative electoral base is traditionally more rural, especially in the central provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Last polling stations should close at 4:00 GMT on the west coast of Canada
Climate change also played a major role in the election campaign, while the Conservatives want to reverse the CO2 tax introduced by the Liberals, the policies of the Trudeau government do not go far enough for many others.
Jean-Marc Leger, head of a Canadian polling institute. “The Canadians have not forgiven Mr. Trudeau. But many sees the prime minister as the least bad option”.