2021 Canada Elections

August 23, 2021

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The current & 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau announced on 15th August the call for federal elections. As it stands, Canada is scheduled to have its voting day on 20th September 2021. This leaves just 5 weeks of preparation & campaigning for the elections. Mr. Trudeau said “We believe a government’s most important responsibility is to keep Canadians safe and thriving,” he said and continued speaking in French – “We are experiencing a historic moment and you have something to say about it. You have the right to choose the future of our country, whether it’s to pursue our vaccination efforts or to continue our support programs.”

The Canadian Prime Minister highlighted his party’s goals & promises to formulate a national childcare scheme while stressing on the point that Canadians need to decide on how they combat against the Covid-19 pandemic by voting for the right party. Mr. Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party, Conservative Party is led by Erin O’Toole, Bloc Quebecois is headed by Yves-Francois Bianchet, Jagmeet Singh will lead the New Democratic Party, the Green Party will be led by Annamie Paul and Maxime Bernier will lead the People’s Party.

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The English debate between the leaders is set to be conducted on September 9th 2021. Conservative Party leader was quick to rebuke the Prime Minister’s decision to conduct elections in the country as it fights against the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The PM replied with assurances of using tools like rapid testing, PPE kits & masks along with strict Covid-19 protocols to ensure smooth conduction of elections. The federal government of Canada stated it plans to make vaccination a must for some federal workers and also be necessary for anyone taking a commercial flight or train in Canada to be vaccinated. From the month of October onwards, the public that travels by land or air must be vaccinated in order to do so.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said if the situation is serious enough to require vaccine mandates, it should be a sign it is not safe enough to hold an election. The Bloc Quebecois party says all of its candidates are vaccinated while the New Democratic Party is pushing for all candidates participating in the elections to be vaccinated. The ruling Liberal Party is expecting all candidates to be vaccinated & follow public health safety protocols during the elections.

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Voting Safety

While the pandemic election bill had proposed extending the Election over three days to avoid crowding, that will not be the case. Voters will have the same opportunities and methods for voting as they did in the last campaign: mail-in ballot, advance polls, or in-person voting on Election Day. That said, things will still look different compared to previous years. Elections Canada bought 18.8 million surgical masks, 577,770 bottles of hand sanitizer, 411,310 face shields, 126,100 plexiglass shields and 40,000 packages of disinfectant wipes earlier this year in preparation for a pandemic election.

Voting Eligibility, Methods & Details

Any and all Canadians above the age of 18 can vote in the upcoming elections provided they prove their identity & address. A voter information card along with a utility bill (laundry, delivery, etc. showing address proof) will work, a driver’s license alone is enough to work as proof of identity to vote but voters are advised to still carry their voter information cards. you can also cast your ballot in-person in at polling places across the country on the following dates – Friday, Sept. 10, Saturday, Sept. 11, Sunday, Sept. 12 & Monday, Sept. 13. You can also vote early by submitting a “special ballot,” which you have to apply online for, but can be mailed in or delivered to your local Elections Canada offices. Elections Canada informs you can also apply by contacting or visiting any local Elections Canada office before Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. Expecting an uptick in mail-in ballots, Elections Canada will also have special drop boxes inside polling places where the special ballot can be submitted up until the time polls close on election day.

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