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Canadians head to the polls

Leaders cast their ballots as Canada decides


Polling stations are open across Canada as of 7 a.m. PT on Monday, and will remain open for 12 hours in each time zone. The CBC reports that Conservative leader Stephen Harper will cast his vote in Calgary at 11 a.m MT. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP Leader Jack Layton have already cast their votes in Toronto. Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe has yet to announce when he will cast his ballot, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will cast her ballot in Sidney B.C. at 10 a.m. PT. First results will be broadcast starting at 10 p.m. ET, after polls close in British Columbia. Over two million Canadians have already voted in advance polls during the Easter Weekend, marking a 34 per cent increase from the 2008 election. Voters have been warned not to follow voting instructions from anyone but Elections Canada, after reports have surfaced of voters being given false information in several Ontario ridings. The federal party leaders made their final pitches to voters on Sunday. Jack Layton told supporters in Kingston, Ont., that his party could defeat Stephen Harper, who in turn blasted the NDP’s platform as a giant tax hike. Meanwhile, Michael Ignatieff appealed to voters by trying to illustrate the differences between him and Layton, reminding listeners that the NDP has never formed a federal government.

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Canadians head to the polls

  1. Elections Canada issued a warning to voters Sunday to ignore instructions from anyone but the agency itself about where they should vote.

    The warning came after reports surfaced of voters being told to go to the wrong polling stations, some up to an hour away from their homes.

    Elections Canada said it had received reports of voters being given false information in several ridings, most of them in Ontario, but others as well in British Columbia.

    I'm not assigning blame to anyone, but this is so dirty. I hope EC finds the perpetrators and makes a public example of them.

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    Years ago, when people talked about  'scary'  Stephen Harper, I didn't really understand what they were talking about. Except that he was your generic conservatively-minded politician, and supposed that he was merely wrong-headed on that account, and nothing more.

    The WikiLeaks data are quite explicit, however. American diplomats give his better half high marks indeed, but their characterizing her husband as a control freak, and his explicit record on the systematic degradation of our national democracy, leaves me wondering why anyone would be left to vote for him.

    So, after many years of not voting NDP, I'm left with no alternative. I will expect a systematic review and overhaul of where they have failed in the past, in return for my vote, but I'm sure Jack is up to the job.

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    I vigorously object to the creeping minimalism in voting 'booth' design. I remember the 50s and 60s where I could see the grownups confidently vote in complete privacy and secrecy, when my mother went to vote.

    It is important to maintain the privacy, the more so in an era when surveillance is a trivial accomplishment.

    For people exercising their right to vote for radical, extremist, or highly disfavoured parties and candidates, they should feel they can do so without some record of it landing on CSIS or the RCMP's desk somewhere.

    And where the likes of Gordon Campbell and Stephen Harper are in danger of being a 'given' in an election, the future may hold the voting for anyone else as a disgrace deserving the 'appropriate' measures. We don't want to become another Iran or North Korea.