Possible Liberal minority government predicted

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
Two hours after the official closing of the polls and the pundits are predicting a possible minority Liberal government.

Unless there is a sudden shift in voter support as the rest of the numbers for Ontario, Québec and the western provinces are tallied, Justin Trudeau and his Liberals may remain in power for another term but with fewer seats on their side of the House of Commons and a larger group of Opposition parties on the other side.

As of 11:45 p.m., Monday, the Elections Canada poll tally showed the Liberals leading with 154 possible seats in Parliament, 16 short of the 170 needed to form a majority government. The Conservatives were following with a possible 122 seatswhile the NDP and the Bloc Québecois both had 29 potential seats each so far between them. The Green Party trailed far behind with 2 possible seats.

In Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, incumbent Liberal MP Francis Drouin was leading with more than 7200 ballots, accounting for almost 44 per cent of the riding votes. Conservative Susan Malakos was second with more than 5500 votes, for almost 34 per cent of the riding ballots. The NDP’s Konstantine Malakos sat at 11.3 per cent of the popular vote, amounting to 1846 ballots. People’s Party of Canada candidate Brennan Austring 1259 ballots so far for 7.7 per cent of the vote.

So far 99 of 263 polls have reported in for the riding.

In Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Conservative Eric Duncan was leading with about 56 per cent of the confirmed ballots. Liberal contender Denis Moquin trailed with 22.2 per cent, followed by the NDP’s Trevor Kennedy with 11.8 per cent, and PPC candidate David Anber with 7.9 per cent. About 60 per cent of the polls had reported in for SDG so far.