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TORONTO – While Canadians didn’t have to wait too long on election night to find out who will lead the next government, there are still several individual seats too close to be called and it could take a few days to see clear results with many couriers -in bulletins to count.

As of Tuesday evening, 18 seats had not yet been called, according to the CTVNews.ca election tracker, with the Liberals leading in nine of the races, the Conservatives leading in two, the Bloc Québécois leading four and the NDP in three. .

The number yet to be decided will not affect the overall outcome of the election, which saw the Liberals return with a minority government, the Conservatives the official opposition, and the Bloc and NDP holding enough seats to side with the Liberals. to pass a law.

But the results of individual races will have an impact on the people who live in those constituencies and could also end up affecting the outcome of free votes, where MPs do not always vote along party lines.

The seat tally is also often seen as a referendum on party leaders, and any last minute changes to the planned tally could affect the fate of Erin O’Toole and Jagmeet Singh, as well as opinions on the former’s decision. Minister Justin Trudeau to force elections. .

Of course, not all seats are created equal. There is no doubt the Liberals would like to regain the seat in Vancouver Granville, which they lost after Jody Wilson-Raybould was expelled from the Liberal caucus in 2019 following the SNC-Lavalin scandal. She went on to win the seat as an independent in 2019, but chose not to run again this year.

On Tuesday, Liberal Taleeb Noormohamed led the constituency with just 230 votes against NDP candidate Anjali Appadurai with 202 of 203 polls reported.

While it is not uncommon for some close races to extend into the day after an election, the wild card this year is the record number of mail-in ballots cast due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest figures from Elections Canada, more than one million mail-in ballots were returned this year, of which about 83% came from people voting in their ridings. Since Elections Canada must verify that these voters have not also voted in person before the votes can be counted, the full count could take days.

Indeed, Elections Canada says on its website that some ridings may not start publishing the results of local special ballots until Wednesday, which means several nearby ridings could still see a significant change in their vote count.

In Vancouver Granville, a total of 6,275 mail-in ballots had been returned on Tuesday, meaning the race could still be far from being decided.

Liberals and NDP are standing together in Toronto’s Davenport riding, where outgoing Liberal Julie Dzerowicz leads the NDP’s Alejandra Bravo by about 350 votes – less than a percentage point – with 172 of 182 polls reported.

An even tighter race is in the Quebec riding of Trois-Rivières, where René Villemure of the Bloc is trying to push back a challenge from the conservative Yves Lévesque. At the last count, Villemure led 16,329 against 16,296, which corresponds to a difference of less than 0.1% with 244 of the 245 polls reported and 2,649 mail-in ballots having been returned. The seat was previously occupied by Bloc Québécois Louise Charbonneau, who announced this year that she would not stand for election.

The race in Sault Ste. Marie, where incumbent Liberal MP Terry Sheehan leads Tory Sonny Spina by just 55 votes, and 1,965 mail-in ballots were returned.

There are also two seats in Edmonton still too close to be definitively called up, both representing potential defeats for the Conservative incumbents.

In Edmonton Center, Liberal Randy Boissonnault holds a tiny 15,454-15,318 lead over Conservative James Cumming. Next door in Edmonton Griesbach, NDP candidate Blake Desjarais leads Conservative Kerry Diotte 16,582 to 15,565, or just over 1,000 votes, in a riding where 2,166 mail-in ballots were received.

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