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First polls close as Canada votes in stages
CBC ^ | 1/23/06

Posted on 01/23/2006 6:09:03 PM PST by mylife

First polls close as Canada votes in stages Last Updated Mon, 23 Jan 2006 20:03:19 EST CBC News

The polls have closed in Newfoundland and the Maritimes as Canadians choose a government.

Although results cannot be posted on websites until 10 p.m. ET on Monday, after all ballots are cast across the country, the easternmost polls closed at 8:30 p.m. Newfoundland time (7 p.m. ET).

Polls closed half an hour later in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, most of Labrador and Îlles de la Madeleine. NDP Leader Jack Layton and NDP candidate Olivia Chow vote in Toronto, Monday.

Earlier, Liberal Leader Paul Martin voted in Montreal, looking tense as he arrived at a polling station in his Lasalle-Émard riding.

With his wife, Sheila, at his side, Martin said: "I feel great. I feel great."

Polling stations across Canada are open for 12 hours, with closing times varying from region to region.

NDP Leader Jack Layton and wife Olivia Chow, also running for the NDP, walked with her mother, Ho Sze Chow, to a Toronto polling station.

Chow is the NDP candidate in the riding where they live.

Asked who he voted for, Layton said: "It's a secret ballot. But I've got a great candidate here."

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper voted weeks ago, casting a ballot at an Elections Canada office during the Christmas break. His riding is in Calgary.

Voters in Atlantic Canada who cast their ballots early didn't have to face light snow or flurries expected in several parts of the region later in the day.

Environment Canada had issued high-wind warnings for northeast Newfoundland, where gusts peaked at 120 kilometres an hour.

Flooding in the upper St. John River Valley was keeping a small number of people near Grand Falls from voting.

In other parts of the country, areas of Quebec and Ontario were expecting light snow, while rain or drizzle was expected in parts of British Columbia, including Vancouver.

The Prairies faced "unusual January weather," with a warm front crossing southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, bringing mild temperatures at zero or slightly above.

Only the Arctic had been expected to get significant snowfall.

Doors opened at polling stations in the eastern time zone at 9:30 a.m. local time. Those in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. opened at 8:30 a.m. local time.

Canadians whose clocks are set to central time must cast their ballots before 8:30 p.m. They opened at 8:30 a.m.

In the mountain time zone, the polls opened at 7:30 a.m. and were to stay open until 7:30 p.m.

And voters on the West Coast in the Pacific time zone started voting at 7 a.m., with polls open until 7 pm

There are a total of 1,634 candidates in 308 ridings in the country's 39th general election.

They represent 15 political parties, plus Independent candidates.


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; canadianelection

1 posted on 01/23/2006 6:09:05 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife

I heard an American website might post results earlier-anyone got a link to those?


2 posted on 01/23/2006 6:11:03 PM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: icwhatudo

I dont have a link
Good luck to the conservatives!


3 posted on 01/23/2006 6:13:48 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: icwhatudo

Anyone else betting on a conservative sweep?


4 posted on 01/23/2006 6:13:50 PM PST by xcamel (Exposing clandestine operations is treason. 13 knots make a noose.)
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To: icwhatudo

Zogby has declared John Kerry the winner based on early exit polls...


5 posted on 01/23/2006 6:13:56 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: xcamel
Fingers crossed for the folks up north.
Throw the bums out, eh ?
6 posted on 01/23/2006 6:14:52 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: mylife

Is Dan Rather up there to start a bunch of false reports to indicate a liberal sweep?

Any exit polls by John Kerry and company to show a liberal landslide?


7 posted on 01/23/2006 6:15:00 PM PST by putupjob
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To: coconutt2000

"Zogby has declared John Kerry the winner based on early exit polls...
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Sorry to break the news to you, but CNN has already called it for Gore.


8 posted on 01/23/2006 6:15:50 PM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
Toronton Sun just posted:

Dewey Wins!


9 posted on 01/23/2006 6:17:07 PM PST by xcamel (Exposing clandestine operations is treason. 13 knots make a noose.)
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To: coconutt2000
Zogby has declared John Kerry the winner based on early exit polls..

Did he take into account the high wind velocities in Newfoundland?

10 posted on 01/23/2006 6:17:08 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: mylife

Is Canada's long drunken marriage to socialism over?


11 posted on 01/23/2006 6:17:18 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude (new and improved redneck)
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To: mylife

And Fredericton goes for Pat Buchanan!


12 posted on 01/23/2006 6:17:18 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: icwhatudo

i second this. anyone have early info?


13 posted on 01/23/2006 6:17:27 PM PST by minus_273
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To: coconutt2000
"Zogby has declared John Kerry the winner based on early exit polls..."

No, he's done it based upon the impressions he's gotten from his last day of polling, and it's just a coincidence he has released results after the the exit polls have come out and that they look identical to those results. ;-)
14 posted on 01/23/2006 6:17:43 PM PST by Moral Hazard ("Now therefore kill every male among the little ones" - Numbers 31:17)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
I guess in less than 35 mins will start hearing some results..right?
15 posted on 01/23/2006 6:18:11 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: icwhatudo

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/


16 posted on 01/23/2006 6:18:16 PM PST by the Real fifi
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To: minus_273

www.captainsquartersblog.com is supposed to live blog it. i guess it's illegal to actually do that in canada or something. .


17 posted on 01/23/2006 6:19:19 PM PST by wildwood
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To: southernerwithanattitude

I sure hope so!


18 posted on 01/23/2006 6:21:26 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: coconutt2000

Your a couple of years late. LOL!!!


19 posted on 01/23/2006 6:21:51 PM PST by Stayingawayfromthedarkside (The stink you smell are the liberals fuming after Ann speaks!!!)
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To: mylife
I am watching a Canadian tv station but I have no idea what it is or where it is. The screen is so tiny that I can not read what they have on it. How do I make it larger?
20 posted on 01/23/2006 6:24:13 PM PST by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: MamaB

Gosh I dont know. try a right mouse click and look for "properties"


21 posted on 01/23/2006 6:27:25 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: mylife
It doesn't matter. I clicked off of it and can not find it in my history file. I have another site on called pulse24.com, I need to notice what site I am clicking on.
22 posted on 01/23/2006 6:33:16 PM PST by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: MamaB

we should be getting some results shortly


23 posted on 01/23/2006 6:37:34 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: mylife

Here we go. God bless Canada.


24 posted on 01/23/2006 6:59:18 PM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: polymuser

canadian currency just rallied 15 ticks in last 5 mins must be good news


25 posted on 01/23/2006 7:08:13 PM PST by ElRushbo (Harley Riders against Elton John)
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To: mylife

The Liberals are losing an election during a period of economic expansion! Oh, my.


26 posted on 01/23/2006 7:49:19 PM PST by Fishing-guy
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To: mylife

It's after 10:30 EST any results yet?


27 posted on 01/23/2006 7:53:04 PM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1

Yup scroll down for poll results. Cspan is also covering the race.


28 posted on 01/23/2006 7:54:59 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Fishing-guy

It appears that this is not so much a win for Harper as a Vote against Martin


29 posted on 01/23/2006 7:59:03 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
Im sorry. go here for Results
30 posted on 01/23/2006 8:03:59 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: mylife

Thanks for the help and link.


31 posted on 01/23/2006 8:06:16 PM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1

Freeper Capt. Tom tells me they need 155 for a majority party, it currently sits at 123


32 posted on 01/23/2006 8:09:14 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: mylife

I said this on another thread- I don't understand Canada's political system. What is the difference between 124 and 155? What does not being the majority mean there?

Does this win carry as much weight as it would in the US? Meaning a win for conservatives vs Libs?


33 posted on 01/23/2006 8:21:12 PM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1

Being a winning minority party is like A conservative winning the presidency with a majority Dem house and senate


34 posted on 01/23/2006 8:26:27 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1

Im no expert on Canadian politics that is for sure


35 posted on 01/23/2006 8:27:08 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: mylife
Even if the Conservatives win big time, they probably will still be able to form a majority. The independent Quebec voting block will make sure of it.
36 posted on 01/23/2006 8:35:25 PM PST by Fishing-guy
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To: mylife

"Being a winning minority party is like A conservative winning the presidency with a majority Dem house and senate"

Yikes, that's a tough road to travel for sure.



37 posted on 01/23/2006 8:38:26 PM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: MamaB

C-Spin 1 has it on


38 posted on 01/23/2006 8:40:29 PM PST by Seattle Conservative (God bless and protect our troops and their CIC. (Seahawks are going to the Superbowl!!))
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To: icwhatudo

Have you checked out the Canadian General Election Live Thread on FR? Lot's of posts and info:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1563264/posts


39 posted on 01/23/2006 8:43:05 PM PST by Seattle Conservative (God bless and protect our troops and their CIC. (Seahawks are going to the Superbowl!!))
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To: mylife

Canada elections bump.


40 posted on 01/23/2006 8:45:25 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Fishing-guy

Your the second to voice that opinion.
Lets hope it all works out for the Torys


41 posted on 01/23/2006 8:47:57 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Seattle Conservative

Wow! thats where you all are


42 posted on 01/23/2006 8:49:04 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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