Tories' Scheer says minority puts Liberals on notice

Trudeau returned to power

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the re-elected Liberal government will always put the country and its people at the heart of every decision.

Speaking to supporters in Montreal, Trudeau says Canadians voted for a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change, and is promising to deliver on that.

He also delivered a message to voters who didn't back the Liberals, promising to govern on behalf of all Canadians, including Albertans — who didn't elect a single Liberal MP.

The Liberals won 156 seats, as of early Tuesday, with just under 33 per cent of the popular vote, with the Conservatives as the Opposition with 122 seats but 34.5 per cent of the popular vote.

Speaking in Regina, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he congratulated Trudeau in a phone call.

Scheer told supporters that the strength of Canada's democracy is not only measured by the ballots Canadians cast, but also how the country moves forward after they are counted.

But he said the election results show Conservatives have put Trudeau on notice that the Tories are ready to govern when the Liberal government falls.

UPDATE: 10:18 p.m.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is vowing his party will play a constructive role in the new Parliament that Canadians have chosen, saying he delivered the message to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in a phone call tonight.

In a speech that touches on many of the issues and promises he raised during the 40-day campaign, Singh also talks about Grassy Narrows First Nations as an example of the work the federal government still must do on Indigenous issues.

His party has won 25 seats in the election, fewer than the 39 they had going into the election and falling to fourth place in the House of Commons behind the Liberals, Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois.

Singh says the results were not what the party wanted in Quebec, with the NDP keeping only one seat in the province, but Singh promises not to abandon the province or its people.

He says no matter what, the real winner in this election "will be the people."

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m.

Former Liberal cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has been successful in her bid to get re-elected as an Independent candidate.

Wilson-Raybould quit Justin Trudeau's cabinet after she accused the prime minister and his office of inappropriately pressuring her as the attorney general to intervene in the criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges.

The Canadian Press is projecting that Wilson-Raybould will win her seat of Vancouver Granville.

Wilson-Raybould's decision to leave cabinet was followed by her colleague Jane Philpott, who failed in her attempt to win as an Independent in the Ontario riding of Markham-Stouffville.

Trudeau eventually kicked both women out of the Liberal caucus and many of their supporters saw it as vindication when the federal ethics commissioner concluded that Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring Wilson-Raybould to stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

UPDATE: 9:22 p.m.

It's Tuesday morning in much of Canada, but in the West it is still Monday night — and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has won re-election in his B.C. seat.

Singh is projected to be re-elected in Burnaby South, with his party leading or elected in 24 seats, which would be a decline from the 39 seats the party held when Parliament was dissolved for the election campaign.

The electoral map is now coming into closer focus with a Conservative sweep of Saskatchewan, including leader Andrew Scheer's re-election, and a near sweep in Alberta as part of the 121 ridings they are leading in or have been elected.

The Liberals are leading or have captured 157 seats nationwide, many of them in Ontario, Quebec and in Atlantic Canada.

In B.C., Liberal Terry Beech is projected to hold his Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby North-Seymour where the government's purchase and support of the Trans Mountain pipeline project was controversial.

The Greens will have three seats in the House of Commons, as Paul Manly is projected to keep his B.C. seat in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m.

Elizabeth May has romped to victory in her B.C. riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Her return to the House of Commons gives the Greens two seats, and a shot at retaining one more on Vancouver Island once the votes are all counted.

But former Liberal cabinet minister Jane Philpott is projected to lose her seat in Markham-Stouffville to Liberal Helena Jaczek.

Philpott looked to hold the seat as an Independent after she was turfed from the Liberal caucus following her resignation from cabinet and public criticism of Justin Trudeau over the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

The other key cabinet player in the affair, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, is in a tight three-way race in her Vancouver riding.

The Canadian Press also projects that Liberal cabinet minister Jean-Yves Duclos will be re-elected in his Quebec City riding.

UPDATE: 8:40 p.m.

The Canadian Press projects that Liberals Chrystia Freeland will be re-elected in her Toronto riding of University-Rosedale, Bill Morneau in Toronto Centre, and Marc Garneau in the Montreal riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Westmount.

However, the Liberals look as though they have been completely shut out of Alberta, with all but one riding going to the Conservatives.

Heather McPherson will likely hold Edmonton Strathcona for the New Democrats.

Results in Quebec, which continue to pour in, suggest that Alexandre Boulerice will be the only New Democrat left standing in the province.

UPDATE: 8:10 pm.

Longtime Liberal MP Ralph Goodale has gone down to defeat in his riding in Saskatchewan.

Goodale, 70, lost his seat to Conservative Michael Kram.

UPDATE: 8:05 p.m.

The Canadian Press is projecting that People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has lost his seat in Beauce, the only one his upstart party had going into the election.

Bernier had handily won the riding in 2015 and had held the seat since 2006, but split from the Conservatives after losing the party leadership to Andrew Scheer.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, is going back to House of Commons after handily winning his home riding of Papineau.

The Canadian Press is also projecting Liberal cabinet ministers Navdeep Bains to win in his Toronto-area riding, Patty Hajdu in Thunder Bay, Catherine McKenna in Ottawa and Maryam Monsef in Peterborough.

The Canadian Press also projects that Liberal cabinet minister Amarjeet Sohi will lose his Edmonton seat to former Conservative MP Tim Uppal, while one-time Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr will lose his Calgary seat.

And The Canadian Press projects that Adam van Koeverden will be elected in the Ontario riding of Milton, defeating longtime Conservative MP Lisa Raitt.

Meanwhile, in Burnaby, B.C., the mood is sombre among supporters entering the ballroom at NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's election night party, where campaign staffers — hoping for a bigger breakthrough — are anxiously looking at TV screens and their smartphones.

UPDATE: 7:35 p.m.

Six Conservatives are heading back to the House of Commons as results begin to pour in from Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Luc Berthold is projected to win Megantic-L'Erable in Quebec, Diane Finley will return to represent Haldimand-Norfolk in Ontario, Candice Bergen in the Manitoba riding of Portage-Lisgar, and James Bezan in the Saskatchewan riding of Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman.

In Alberta, Glen Motz is projected to win in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, and John Barlow in Foothills.

The Canadian Press also projects that Pat Finnigan will win the New Brunswick riding of Miramichi-Grand Lake, and Eric Duncan has won the Ontario riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to keep the riding Conservative.

Meanwhile, things have turned sour for People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier, who has fallen behind Conservative Richard Lehoux by less than 200 votes.

UPDATE: 7:10 p.m.

Justin Trudeau's Liberals are off to a relatively strong start as election results roll in across the country, with the last polls in British Columbia just closed.

The Liberals are showing strength in Quebec and Ontario. In Quebec, the Liberals are leading in 21 ridings, just ahead of the Bloc Quebecois with 18. The Conservatives are leading in five and the NDP in just one.

And in Ontario, the Liberals are leading in 41 ridings, to the Conservatives' 29 and NDP's five.

The Liberals also dominated early returns in Atlantic Canada but the real test of whether Trudeau can win re-election will be in Ontario and Quebec, with B.C. possibly determining whether it's a minority or a majority.

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.

The Liberals are dominating early returns in Atlantic Canada but the real test of whether Justin Trudeau can win re-election is about to take place as polls close in the rest of the country, except British Columbia.

Ontario and Quebec, which account for almost 60 per cent of the 338 seats up for grabs tonight, will likely decide whether the Liberals or Conservatives form government; B.C., where polls close in about 30 minutes, could well determine if it's a majority or minority.

While the Liberals got off to a good start in the four Atlantic provinces, it's not quite the sweep that painted the entire region red in 2015.

The Liberals had never expected to repeat their 2015 sweep of Atlantic Canada. But they can't afford to sustain many losses and hold onto power.

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.

UPDATE: 6:20 p.m.

Another of Justin Trudeau's cabinet ministers is going back to the House of Commons, and another former Conservative MP will join her.

The Canadian Press projects that Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has won her New Brunswick riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe.

Joining her will be Rene Arseneault, Wayne Long and Andy Fillmore who, respectively, kept the ridings of Saint John-Rothesay and Madawaska-Restigouche in New Brunswick, and Halifax in Nova Scotia painted Liberal red for another election.

But Rob Moore has painted Fundy Royal a Conservative blue, winning back the seat he lost in 2015 to Liberal Alaina Lockhart in a race that was expected to be close.

Meanwhile, the Greens are seeing themselves on the electoral board, leading as the votes are counted in the riding of Fredericton.

Green candidate Jenica Atwin is currently leading a tight three-way race with Conservative Andrea Johnson and Liberal incumbent Matt DeCourcey.

UPDATE: 6 p.m.

The new political makeup of Atlantic Canada is coming into sharper focus: dominated by Liberals, but not as completely as it was after the 2015 election.

The Canadian Press projects Liberal Darrell Samson has won re-election in the Nova Scotia riding of Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, cabinet minister Bernadette Jordan will represent South Shore-St. Margarets again, and Darren Fisher has been re-elected in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

The Liberal party has also held on to nearby Kings-Hants, with Kody Blois winning the seat vacated by former cabinet minister Scott Brison, and Cape Breton-Canso, which Mike Kelloway will represent after longtime MP Rodger Cuzner opted to retire.

The Conservatives have also captured another seat, with Chris d'Entremont elected in West Nova.

On the other side of the country, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh appeared happy and upbeat while watching results with supporters and his wife, Gurkiran Kaur, in a Burnaby hotel room.

Meanwhile in Montreal, journalists and camera operators rimmed the event space at the convention centre in the city’s old quarter, perched on risers under Liberal-red lights.

A pair of jumbo screens flashed photos — each one speckled with animated stars — of Trudeau on the campaign trail taking selfies with supporters, attending a Yom Kippur ceremony and consulting backstage with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m.

The Speaker of the House of Commons is going to get another shot at the job of being referee of all MPs.

The Canadian Press projects that Geoff Regan will hold his seat in Halifax West, while fellow Nova Scotia Liberal Sean Fraser will hold on to Central Nova.

Liberal Serge Cormier has won the New Brunswick riding of Acadie-Bathurst and Liberal cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc has won Beausejour, again.

Long-time Liberal Lawrence MacAulay is also going back to the House of Commons, keeping his hold on the riding of Cardigan in Prince Edward Island, while Bobby Morrissey is getting a second term as the Liberal MP for nearby Egmont.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives have captured their first seats of the night as The Canadian Press projects Richard Bragdon to win in Tobique-Mactaquac in New Brunswick.

Fellow Tory John Williamson is also going back to the House of Commons as the former MP is going to win in New Brunswick Southwest.

The electoral map in Atlantic Canada is seeing a swath of Liberal red over most of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Liberal cabinet minister Seamus O'Regan has recaptured his seat in St. John's South-Mount Pearl.

The Canadian Press projects that New Democrat Jack Harris has recaptured the seat he lost to Nick Whalen in 2015 in St. John's East.


UPDATE: 4:40 p.m.

The polls have closed in Atlantic Canada, 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.

Early results had the Liberals leading in six of the seven ridings in Newfoundland and Labrador, where polls closed half an hour before they did in the rest of the region. The seventh — St. John's East, thought to be the seat in the province where the Liberal incumbent was most vulnerable — had not yet reported any results.

In 2015, the Liberals swept all 32 seats in Atlantic Canada, a feat they're not expected to repeat tonight. But they can't afford to sustain many losses.

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.

UPDATE: 1:35 p.m.

Steady turnout is reported at polling stations across the Okanagan.

Some polls in Vernon reported lineups as they opened this morning, but by midday, voters were in and out in under five minutes.

Likewise in Kelowna and elsewhere across the valley, turnout was brisk, but lines were manageable, many residents having voted in advance polls, which saw record turnout across the country.

Nationally, many pundits had the race too close to call, and most are expecting a minority government.

The Liberals under Justin Trudeau and Conservatives under Andrew Scheer started the election largely neck-and-neck in opinion polls and, despite their best efforts, neither leader seems to have been able to jump ahead.

Trudeau voted in his Montreal riding of Papineau on Monday after flying back the night before from British Columbia, where he spent the final day of the campaign and which could prove critical to deciding which party gets to form government.

Scheer was scheduled to cast his ballot later in the day in Regina after also spending Sunday in Vancouver and B.C.'s Lower Mainland in the hopes of securing enough seats to knock off the incumbent Liberals.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who will spend the night in his B.C. riding of Burnaby South after voting in last weekend's advance polls.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has overseen a surge in support in la belle province after his party was largely left for dead after abysmal results in 2011 and 2015 followed by years of infighting.

Meanwhile, Green Leader Elizabeth May, who voted in her riding on Vancouver Island on Monday, is hoping her party can capitalize on its recent success in provincial votes and translate that to more seats in the House of Commons.

Maxime Bernier of the upstart People's Party of Canada cast his ballot in his home riding of Beauce, Que.

Meanwhile, Elections Canada confirmed it was investigating reported problems with one poll in the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean, where voters were reportedly turned away because some poll workers were not working when the poll opened.

ORIGINAL: 6:35 a.m.

The campaigning is over and Canadians in some parts of the country have started heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the country's 43rd general election, which some have described as the nastiest campaign in recent history.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer have spent weeks arguing the decision is between which of the two historical governing parties will be in office.

Yet NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has drawn support from progressive voters and the Bloc Quebecois has surged in Quebec, which could scuttle hopes of a majority government and put either party into the position of power-broker in a hung Parliament.

Elizabeth May is hoping her Green party can capitalize on its recent success in provincial votes and translate that to more seats in the House of Commons.

And Maxime Bernier, who has spent much of the campaign trying to protect his own seat in Quebec, will find out whether his upstart People's Party of Canada is a movement or a footnote.

While most voters will cast their ballots today, around 4.7 million Canadians voted in advance polls last weekend, which marked a 29 per cent increase over 2015.

Elections Canada says roughly 27.4 million people are eligible to vote at one of the approximately 20,000 polling places across the country.

Voter turnout in the last election stood at 68.5 per cent, which was the highest since 1993.

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