TORONTO – Canadian People’s Party leader Maxim Bernier has failed to win back his old seat in Q, but his party is trying to increase its popular vote.
The PPC has steadily gained supporters throughout the election campaign, as voters across the political and social spectrum unite behind Bernier’s vehement disagreement with vaccine mandates, vaccine passports and the lockdown.
Bernier, who refers to the Conservatives and Liberals as one large “Lib-Con party”, presented himself on the campaign trail as the only “real voice” for Conservative voters, despite a poor showing in the 2019 election. where Bernier lost his seat. And the PPC got 1.6 percent of the popular vote.
In particular, the PPC has proved to be a thorn in the side of conservatives, who have been warning their voters that splitting the vote to the right is only helpful to the liberals and their leader Justin Trudeau.
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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole urged voters to avoid splitting the vote to the right by choosing the PPC on Sunday, in a final attempt to impress conservative-leaning Canadians.
“Justin Trudeau wants you to divide the vote by voting for the PPC,” O’Toole said at a Toronto rally. “There’s only one way to get change. There’s only one way to show Justin Trudeau the door tomorrow, and that’s to vote for the Conservatives.
It was the first time that O’Toole has voiced what he has said in this election, in a few weeks, that the PPC could prove to be a spoiler for the Conservatives.
And in some rides, they can be.
On the East Coast, riding Long Range Mountain in Newfoundland and Labrador showed an advantage for the PPC, at 11:30 a.m. EDT casting 4.5 percent of the vote for candidate Darrell Shelley—which would have been the deciding factor. Incumbent and re-elected Liberal candidate Goody Hutchings and Conservatives Carol Anstey.
Rupen Seoni of Environics Analytics said during an election special for Granthshala National News that Long Range Mountain Riding has voters’ values that align with an “old rustic” conservative electorate, noting that the PPC’s previous election had particularly had the best results among those voters. .
Seoni said “old rural” voters have weak scores on social values about how the government should be involved in the economy and projected a high denial rate when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines.
Sydney-Victoria, NS, saw the incumbent Liberal Jam Batiste re-elected, but as of 11:30 a.m. EDT the 3.3 percent of the vote that went to PPC candidate Ronald Barron would have pushed Conservative Eddie Orrell to the finish line.
However, PPC leader Bernier’s own beau, Ky. In 2009, the incumbent Conservative Richard Lehoux was re-elected with a strong lead on the PPC.
The prospect did not dampen the enthusiasm of Bernier, who told Granthshala National News’ Genevieve Beauchemin at his party’s rally in Saskatoon that he felt optimistic about the PPC’s total numbers.
“At first we had a great campaign, I am very happy to be here with my volunteers, I think it will be a great night,” he said. “Like I said, we need to increase our support, our percentage of votes and I believe it will come – by 1.6 percent I don’t know, four, five, six, seven, eight … so tonight I believe That it will happen. It will be a big victory for the freedom fighters in this country.”
As for his ride, Bernier previously acknowledged that it would be a “tough race”.
Seoni said Environics Analytics estimated that voters in the Beauce region had a higher rate of COVID-19 vaccine denial, but the larger swathe of young voters known as the “Francophone aux Villages” Along was “a bridge of different forces in the ride”, whose main concerns are childcare and housing.
In Thunder Bay-Rainy River, Ont., the race between incumbent Liberal Marcus Powlowski and Conservative Adelina Pecchia could have been an easy Conservative lead, if at 11:30 p.m. EDT PPC candidate Allen hadn’t had 7 percent of the vote. Obut.
Kitchener South—Hespeller, Ont. also saw a bump for the PPC, with 7 percent of the vote as of 11:30 a.m. EDT for Melissa Baumgartner, who could have pushed Conservative Tyler Calver ahead of incumbent Liberal Valerie Bradford.
Early polls on the West Coast, the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country ride, also showed an emerging PPC presence, with 4 percent of the vote as of 11:30 p.m. EDT for Doug Babb that could be the deciding factor. Conservative John Weston races against current Liberal Patrick Weiler.
Full election results will not be available until all ballots, including millions of mail-in votes, have been counted.