Canada election: Canadians head to the polls in tight race


Canadians are heading to the polls to vote in a general election, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals hoping to hold on to their majority. 

But that outcome appears unlikely as polls suggest the result of the vote is headed towards a hung parliament. 

The Liberals have been deadlocked with their centre-right Conservative rivals. 

Over 27 million people are registered to vote in the race for control of Canada’s 338 seat House of Commons. 

Approximately 4.7m Canadians voted in early polls last weekend, according to Elections Canada – a 29% increase from votes cast in advance in the 2015 general election.

Mr Trudeau’s Liberals had a historic victory in that election, taking 184 seats.

It was a stunning upset for the party, which leapfrogged from third place to defeat the Conservatives, who had been in power for nearly a decade.

The Liberal leader had a long honeymoon with Canadians, but in the last two years in office his popularity was hit by a string of scandals, including ethics rules violations. 

During the campaign he also had to defend his past behaviour when images of him wearing blackface, as recently as 2001, were made public.


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