With initial results started coming in from Atlantic Canada, the Liberals had won or were leading in most of the region they had swept in 2015 – but the Conservatives and NDP prevented another red wave.
Atlantic voters elected Liberals in the region’s 32 seats in the previous election. Former New Democrat MP Jack Harris won back his old Newfoundland riding of St. John’s East. There was no NDP surge in the region, however. The New Brunswick riding of Acadie-Bathurst, which the NDP’s Yvon Godin represented for nearly two decades, remained in Liberal hands.
Liberal cabinet ministers such as Dominic Leblanc, Lawrence MacAulay and Seamus O’Regan were re-elected.
The Conservatives won back seats in southwestern New Brunswick that they had held in previous elections, such as New Brunswick Southwest and Tobique-Mactaquac.
The major federal leaders are preparing to watch the results roll in from party gatherings in their home ridings.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau flew back to Montreal on a red-eye flight from Vancouver early Monday. He voted in his riding of Papineau, where he was joined by his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and their three children, Xavier, Hadrien and Ella-Grace.
The Liberals were setting up their election night space at the Montreal Convention Centre Monday evening, as they awaited the arrival of supporters around 9 or 10 p.m. Under red spotlights, organizers were setting up the stage with microphones and teleprompters in anticipation of Mr. Trudeau’s speech after the results roll in.
Before heading to his riding of Regina—Qu’Appelle, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer visited the neighbouring riding of Regina—Wascana on election day, where he met with candidate Michael Kram and supporters at the constituency office.
The riding is held by longtime Liberal cabinet minister Ralph Goodale. Mr. Scheer told supporters it was great to be back home in Saskatchewan while he also took aim directly at Mr. Goodale, suggesting he has “sold out” the province “time and time again.”
“Today’s the day we are all going to send Ralph Goodale a message: if he won’t vote for Saskatchewan, we won’t vote for him,” Mr. Scheer said after referencing issues including Mr. Goodale’s support of the carbon tax.
“We need all of you to hit the doors,” Mr. Scheer said before going out to canvass with Mr. Kram.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh met energized supporters at his campaign office in Burnaby, B.C., Monday morning, pumping them up by saying that New Democrats “out-hustle, out-work and out-heart everybody.”
Marie Della Mattia, a special advisor to Mr. Singh on the campaign, said she feels the party has “already succeeded” when it comes to the campaign they wanted to run, the issues the party wanted to raise and highlighting Mr. Singh as leader.
Mr. Singh had been staring down critics for months in the lead-up to the election campaign, and Ms. Della Mattia acknowledged that his performance in the campaign has saved his leadership.
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, who had steered the once-moribund party to a resurgence, had voted in Shawinigan in the morning then went to Montreal, where his party was holding its electoral gathering at the Théâtre national, a few minutes east of where Mr. Trudeau and the Liberals were meeting.
While previous Bloc leaders addressed their supporters as soon as they were sure of the party’s overall showing, Mr. Blanchet was expected to speak only after Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Scheer had done so, reflecting the uncertainty about the role of opposition parties in what could be a minority parliament.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May arrived at a polling station in Sidney, B.C., on Monday with an easy smile despite the drizzling rain. She said she had spent the morning responding to notes of encouragement from supporters too young to vote: “It leaves you feeling very inspired and uplifted for a solid Green turnout today,” she told reporters after casting her ballot.
“It’s a climate referendum, it’s the issue on people’s minds, clearly we are the only party that has a policy on climate that is grounded in science and can address the concerns our children have. . . It’s a critical election for Canada and for our kids and grandkids.”