Federal voter turnout has been average since 2000

The rate of participation in the last ballot was finally situated in the average of the recent federal elections since 2000, despite the health challenges posed by the pandemic and the presumed incomprehension of Canadians in the face of this anticipated call to the polls, after less than two years. minority Liberal government.

According to Elections Canada, 62% of eligible voters voted in the September 20 poll. Almost 17 million Canadians voted out of the 27.4 million eligible voters.

This turnout is lower than the 67% recorded in 2019 and 68.3% in 2015, but it is still better than in four of the previous seven federal elections held in Canada since the turn of the 21st century – it had even been 58.8% in 2008.

In Quebec, the participation rate is around the Canadian average, at 62.4%; it was 64.2% in New Brunswick and 61.8% in Ontario. Prince Edward Island voters voted the most, with a participation rate of 71.4%, and Nunavut had the least votes, at 34 %.

Due to the pandemic, there were fewer polling stations and poll workers, which in some places caused long queues last Monday. In contrast, the virus likely prompted a record number of Canadians – some 850,000 – to vote by mail this time around.

Election officials finished counting these mail ballots on Saturday. Elections Canada expected to complete validation of results in all ridings on Monday, after which candidates in hotly contested ridings will have four days to request a recount.

The liberals of Justin trudeau came out of that snap election with a second minority government, winning 159 seats, a gain of two from 2019. However, one of those new MPs – Kevin Vuong, in Spadina-Fort York, Toronto – will sit as independent , after failing to disclose a past sexual assault charge to the Liberal Party, which was later dropped by the prosecution.

The curators ofErin O’Toole finished with 119 seats, down two from 2019. The Bloc Quebecois finished with 33 seats (one more), the New Democratic Party with 25 deputies (one more) and the Greens with two (one less). As they did in 2019, the Conservatives outnumbered the Liberals in the popular vote – 33.7% of the vote, compared to 32.6%. But because their electorate was heavily concentrated in Alberta and Saskatchewan, they still won fewer seats in the end.

The vote for New Democrats increased by almost two points from 2019 to 17.8%. The Bloc’s share has hardly changed, at 32.1% (against 32.4% in the previous election). The Greens won only 2.3% of the vote, almost a third of their 2019 score (6.5%). the People’s Party of Canada won 5% of the vote, up from 1.6% in 2019, but he still does not have a representative in the Commons – his leader, Maxime Bernier, was not elected in Beauce.

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