The Canadian federal election 2021 is almost here!
The Canadian federal election, formally known as the 44th Canadian general election, will be held on September 20, 2021. Canadians will be voting to elect the country’s 44th Parliament on Monday following the campaign that shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is in the neck-to-neck race against the opposition party Conservatives. Over 27 million people are qualified for voting, according to Elections Canada. It also reported that around 5.78 million ballots had been cast in advance polls. Governor-General Mary May Simon gave the writ of the election on August 15, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged the dissolution of parliament for a snap election. Here’s what you need to know about Canadian election polls and more.
Canadians visit the polls on 20th September following a small 35-day election campaign sprint. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the snap election in the middle of August to secure most seats in the House of Commons.
How Often Do Canadian Elections Happen?
- A. Every Five Years
- B. Every Four Years
- C. Every Three Years
- D. Every Two Years
Canadian Federal Election 2021
The polls will be open during election day at particular times across Canada, with several time zones. Read on to uncover more about the Canadian parliament.
Canada is a parliamentary democracy. Monday’s vote will determine the 338 seats in the House of Commons, the lower house of parliament. To win a majority of seats, a party requires 170 seats.
Here is the list of the parties in Canada
- Liberal Party
- Conservative Party
- New Democratic Party
- Bloc Quebecois
- Green Party
- People’s Party
Important Things to Note Before Monday’s Vote
- Among 27 million eligible voters, about 6 million people have already voted during the four days of advance election polls. Another 1.2 million got special ballots to vote by mail or at Elections Canada offices, meaning around 20 million eligible voters need to visit their local polling stations to vote on Monday.
- People who asked for a special ballot are not permitted to vote in person, with a few exceptions. People who didn’t return their special ballots can give them on Monday at their local polling stations, or even someone can do it for them. People who haven’t received a requested ballot or lost it can swear an oath at their local polling station; only then can they vote. Anyone who tried to vote more than once may go to jail. Outer envelopes have mail-in ballots; hence officials can easily come to know if anyone swearing is telling the truth or not. If someone breaks the rule, the postal ballot will not be counted. Canada election urges people with Covid-19 to stay home.
- Ballots cast in the advance polls, some special ballots(people who mailed or dropped off at Election Canada offices) will be counted Monday night along with Monday in-person votes.
- People who mailed or dropped off at Elections Canada offices during the most special ballots will not be counted on Monday. Canada Elections warned it might take up to five days to complete.
- Both Liberals and Conservatives gained almost equal votes. Hence, it can’t be predicted until all 338 ridings are finalized.