• Election night’s biggest winners and losers

    Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won an overwhelming majority government on Monday, taking 184 seats in the House of Commons. The Conservative Party, led by Stephen Harper, held onto 99 seats to become the Official Opposition, while the New Democrats took a beating to finish with much fewer MPs returning to Parliament Hill.

    Here’s a look at some of the notable winners and losers in Canada’s 42nd general election.

    Conservative cabinet ministers who won’t be returning:

    Finance Minister Joe Oliver
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt
    Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander
    Environment Minister Leonna Aglukkaq
    Associate Minister of National Defence Julian Fantino
    Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea
    Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford

    Conservative MPs who will be returning:

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper
    Defence Minister Jason Kenney
    Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson
    Health Minister Rona Ambrose
    Public Works Government Services

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  • Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau waves while accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire. (Reuters)Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau waves while accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire. (Reuters)

    Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau has a long list of campaign promises that voters expect him to keep after they handed him a solid mandate in Monday’s federal election. But the Liberal leader also will have to address several important issues the outgoing Conservative government left unfinished.

    Trans-Pacific Partnership

    The 12-nation free-trade deal was finalized in the midst of the campaign. International Trade Minister Ed Fast, re-elected to his B.C. seat, signed it on behalf of Canada.

    Canadians were given a general outline of the treaty, including allowing some loosening of import rules that protect Canada’s dairy market quota system and reducing the percentage of North American-made parts in automobiles sold here must have to escape duties. A technical summary was posted on the government’s web site but the detailed preliminary text won’t be released until all countries agree.

    The NDP promised to scuttle the deal but the Liberals only said they would review it. In an

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  • Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde casts his ballot on Monday. COURTESY: AFNAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde casts his ballot on Monday. COURTESY: AFN

    First Nations in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan ran out of ballots, according to reports from Elections Canada, journalists and voters.

    Elections Canada reported Monday evening that the SikSika First Nation in Alberta had run out of ballots, and the returning officer had left to retrieve more. Polling officials contacted Elections Canada as soon as ballots ran out, reported Brandi Morin of APTN.

    Polls ran out in SikSika at approximately 4 p.m. MT, Global News reported. Voters said online that only 400 to 500 ballots were available for the community of 6,000. Elections Canada said the voting disruption lasted about 15 minutes, Global reported, while member Brian Little Chief said it was a half hour.

    Sources in Split Lake in Manitoba, Big River First Nation in Saskatchewan, Moose Factory in Ontario and Shoal Lake in Ontario have also reported ballot shortages, APTN said on Twitter.

    And Wab Kinew, an author and educator, posted on Facebook that his polling station in Onigaming

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  • Reports of pre-marked ballots are popping up across the country, as Canadians head to polling stations to vote in Monday’s federal election.

    Bruce Lloyd told News 570 that he received a pre-marked ballot when he went to vote in his Kitchener, Ont., riding.

    “Guy hands me the ballot, and he’s folded it for me. I got back to the cardboard screen, I unfold it, and there’s an ‘X.’” Lloyd was given another ballot.

    Beatrice Hughes of Amherst, N.S., told Metro that there was a clear “X” on her ballot when she went to vote in the booth, though she declined to say for which candidate. She was eventually given a new ballot. When she notified Elections Canada about the incident, it told her it was likely an ink smear.

    Stephanie Merrill of Fredericton tweeted about being handed a “pre-chosen” ballot and being told it was from another voter who changed his or her mind. 

    In Winnipeg, 12 printed ballot books were pulled from one station after a voter noticed a mark on her ballot next to the Conservative

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  • Canadians are taking to Twitter and Facebook to report issues with voting in today’s federal election, from mistakes on voter cards to misinformation at the polls.

    Their posts highlight some of the confusion that remains because of both changes to identification requirements for voting and what is anticipated to be a high voter turnout.

    Jennifer Ryan of Toronto came up against issues with identification that point to a lack of proper training for election workers, she tells Yahoo Canada News. Ryan brought her passport and birth certificate when she went with her husband to vote in their Toronto riding of University-Rosedale but had misplaced her driver’s licence, which lists her address. 

    At the poll, Ryan was told she had to return home to bring proof of address. When she asked instead to have her husband attest to her address — as he had his own proof of address with him and their voter cards showed they lived in the same home — she was told by the poll clerk that she couldn’t do

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  • High-profile columnist Andrew Coyne has resigned as editorial editor for the National Post, following a dispute with his employer over election commentary.

    Coyne’s regular column was noticeably absent from the weekend edition of the newspaper, whose editorial board endorsed the Conservative government for re-election.

    The Canadian political Twitterverse lit up on the weekend with speculation about a rift over the Post shelving Coyne’s personal column because it disagreed with the endorsement.

    On Monday, he confirmed rumours by announcing his departure as editor of editorials and comment.

    “So anyway… I have resigned as editor of Editorials and Comment for the National Post, effective immediately. I will remain a columnist,” Coyne tweeted.

    In a series of posts, Coyne said he and Postmedia executives had a “professional disagreement.”

    “Their view was that the publication of a column by the editorial page editor dissenting from the Post’s endorsement of the Conservatives would have confused

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  • John Oliver wants to tell Canadians not to vote for Stephen Harper — and he's willing to go to jail to do it.

    "You think I'm scared of six months in Canadian prison?" he said on election eve on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight.”

    Oliver is referring to a law that prohibits anyone who lives outside Canada from telling Canadians how to vote. Anyone violating the law could face a $5.000 fine, a six-month jail term or both.

    "I simply can't imagine a better way to spend $5,000 Canadian dollars," Oliver added.

    The Internet was buzzing Monday morning over the 20-minute segment in which Oliver gives Americans a primer on the election, starting with how this campaign has been one of the longest in the country’s history.

    “Thinking 78 days is a long campaign is absolutely adorable,” he says. “It’s like a woman who has only ever seen one penis saying, ‘That’s the longest one ever. There couldn’t possibly be one longer than that.’”

    Oliver explains how our electoral system relies on the number of MPs

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  • Elections Canada prepared for big turnout at Alberta pollsElections Canada prepared for big turnout at Alberta polls

    Did you wait until Election Day to find out where you should vote or what ID to bring? Then you might have had some trouble this morning getting the information you need. 

    The Elections Canada website had intermittent problems loading on Monday morning, with people in different parts of the country reporting issues accessing it. 

    At 9:45 a.m. ET the official Elections Canada Twitter feed reported the outage, saying "We're experiencing high volumes of traffic on our website. We appreciate your patience."

    Elections Canada received online criticism for the outage, from both voters and reporters. Some argued that bandwidth problems should have been anticipated before Election Day, given the high turnout at advance polls and the longer campaign.

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  • A minority government could be the result of Monday's election.A minority government could be the result of Monday's election.

    With just a few days left in the federal election campaign, the polls suggest no party is likely to emerge the clear winner.

    What has been a long and divisive campaign, the most likely scenario is a minority government to take the helm for as long as it can hold on.

    And that may be a good thing, suggests Maxwell Cameron, a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia and director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

    Canada has seen a number of “false majority” governments, where a party that doesn’t win the majority of the popular vote wins a plurality of seats, nonetheless.

    “That’s led to a situation where many people are feeling so left out of politics that they’re engaged in various efforts at co-ordinating the vote,” Cameron tells Yahoo Canada News.

    “If we had a minority Parliament, it would force our parties to work together; it would force them to try and figure out ways of co-operating … in fact, it could very well represent both an

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  • Wayne Gretzky endorses Harper despite not being allowed to voteWayne Gretzky endorses Harper despite not being allowed to vote

    Although many prominent Canadians such as Wayne Gretzky, Donald Sutherland and Pamela Anderson have weighed in on specific policies or candidates during the 2015 federal election, experts expect the trickle down “celebrity effect” to be negligible when Canadians head to the polls on Monday.

     “In terms of shelf life, it’s pretty much a short-term novelty,” says Nelson Wiseman, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto. “We saw Gretzky endorse Stephen Harper but that hasn’t had a long-term impact on his polling numbers. In fact, the excitement wore off pretty quickly, even in places like [Gretzky’s] hometown of Brantford, Ont.” 

    As a matter of principle, Wiseman says that he does not believe that voters will be blinded by the glitz and glamour of a celebrity endorsement because many Canadian-born celebrities are not able to back up their words by casting a ballot. 

     Under the Canada Elections Act, Canadians who live outside the country for five years or more cannot

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