Polls now closed in Canada’s 2019 federal election

Which party will be chosen to form the next government?

A new federal government is expected to be named tonight, in Canada’s 2019 general election. Be sure to check back here at the Citizen website for all the latest from the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding.

The most prominant parties vying for the 338 seats in the House of Commons are Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, Jagmeet Singh’s New Democrats, and Elizabeth May’s Greens. The People’s Party of Canada, under former high-profile Tory Maxime Bernier, is running for the first time and in the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford reading, there’s also a Christian Heritage Party Candidate.

Polls are open in B.C. until 7 p.m. local time:

Federal elections are not run in the same was as provincal ones. Voters are not able to show up at just any polling station. Voting places are assigned by Elections Canada and the location of yours can be found on your voter information card. Alternatively, you can click here and plug in your address to find out what station to attend. Remember your photo identification. Bringing your voter information card helps speed up the process.

Who is running in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford?

Top row: Alistair MacGregor, Blair Herbert and Rhonda Chen. Bottom row: Alana DeLong, Robin Stanbridge and Lydia Hwitsum.

This is just the second election in the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding as the borders were redrawn prior to the 2015 election.

The NDP have had a lock on the riding with former NDP Jean Crowder winning her seat in 2004 and holding onto it before passing it on the MacGregor in 2015.

Today, however, it’s one of the most hotly contested ridings in the country with more than one party knocking on the door. It’s a four-way race in the Cowichan Malahat Langford riding with Liberal Brian Herbert, Conservative Alana DeLong and Green Party’s Lydia Hwitsum all looking to unseat incumbent NDP MP Alistair MacGregor, who had held the position since his election in 2015. Two other candidates: Robin Morton Stanbridge representing the Christian Heritage Party and Rhonda Chen of the People’s Party of Canada area also running.

Click on the links below to learn more about the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidates:

CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY: Robin Morton Stanbridge

CONSERVATIVE PARTY: Alana DeLong

GREEN PARTY: Lydia Hwitsum

LIBERAL PARTY: Brian Herbert

NDP: Alistair MacGregor

PEOPLE’S PARTY: Rhonda Chen

What do the candidates think of the big issues?

Click HERE to learn what the candidates think about: Environment and climate change

Click HERE to learn what the candidates think about: Health care

Click HERE to learn what the candidates think about: Economic development

Click HERE to learn what the candidates think about: children and famlies

For Elections Canada’s FAQ page for questions like what kind of identification to bring, click here.

For all of our stories on the 2019 federal election, click here.

Check out the Cowichan Valley Citizenwebsite,the Chemainus Valley Courier website,or the Lake Cowichan Gazette website and the Citizen’s Facebook page for full coverage of the results once polls close.

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