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Scheer says party with most seats should have 'right' to form government

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is signalling that he’ll look to form government if his party wins the most seats, but not a majority on election night, setting up a potential challenge of long-standing parliamentary tradition.

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Even if Scheer could conceivably gain enough of support from other parties to test the confidence of the House, the reality is that tradition and convention grant the incumbent Prime Minister the first chance of forming government.

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Barack Obama’s Twitter endorsement for Justin Trudeau was ‘inappropriate,’ Peter MacKay says

Former U.S. president Barack Obama’s decision to endorse Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is “inappropriate,” says former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay.

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According to Elections Canada, Obama's tweet in support of Justin Trudeau did not violate election interference laws. Nonetheless, it raises concerns whether or not it is appropriate for a former head of state, especially an American one, to opine on Canadian elections.

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Scheer says party with most seats should have 'right' to form government

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is signalling that he’ll look to form government if his party wins the most seats, but not a majority on election night, setting up a potential challenge of long-standing parliamentary tradition.

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Even if Scheer could conceivably gain enough of support from other parties to test the confidence of the House, the reality is that tradition and convention grant the incumbent Prime Minister the first chance of forming government.

New York Times

Obama Endorses Trudeau for Re-election Ahead of Canada Vote

Former President Barack Obama endorsed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for re-election on Wednesday, praising the Canadian leader and outspoken liberal, whose image has been tarnished by scandals in the run-up to a federal election this month.

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Elections Canada swiftly issued a statement saying that former US President Barack Obama's endorsement of Justin Trudeau was not considered foreign interference because it was not paid for.

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Roughly 4.7M ballots cast in advance polls, Elections Canada says

An estimated 4.7 million electors voted in the advance polls held across the country over the last four days, Elections Canada said Tuesday. That figure is significantly higher than the number of votes cast in the advance polls in 2015. The total of votes cast during this advance poll period was 29 per cent higher than in the last federal election, when 3,657,415 electors put an "X" next to the name of their favoured candidate at advance polls.

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Parties are becoming more efficient at getting their supporters to vote early as these numbers demonstrate. However, it's not yet clear whether the overall turnout will also be a record breaking one.

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According to former Conservative cabinet minister Peter MacKay, Barack Obama's endorsement of Justin Trudeau was inappropriate. The former U.S. President tweeted his support of the Liberal Leader and it has garnered mixed reactions with some claiming it as interference into the Canadian election.

Today on Day 38 of the election campaign: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will make a stop in Fredericton this morning before descending on Maxime Bernier's riding of Beauce this afternoon. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is set to make stops in Whitby, Orillia, Barrie, and Vaughan today. Finally, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will both hit the hustings on Vancouver Island.


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