From top left: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Erin O'Toole (Conservative). 
From bottom left: Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), Maxime Bernier (PPC), Annamie Paul (Green). (Canadian Press photos)

CANADA VOTES: Conservative Dan Albas retains seat in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Albas leads by almost 5,000 votes with 30 per cent of polls reporting

UPDATE: 8:50 p.m.

Conservative Dan Albas is the projected winner of 2021 federal election for the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding.

As of 8:50 p.m., Albas is up 4,996 votes over Liberal challenger Sarah Eves with just over 30 per cent of the polls reporting, according to Elections Canada.

Albas currently sits at 12,699 votes, good for 44.9 per cent, while Eves trails behind with 7,703 (27.2 per cent). Behind those two are NDP candidate Joan Phillip with 18.4 per cent (5,338 votes), the People’s Party of Canada’s Kathryn McDonald with 7.4 per cent (2,354 votes) and Brennan Wauters of the Green Party with 2.4 per cent of the vote (724 votes).

There are almost one million mail-in ballots that election officials won’t start counting until Tuesday. Elections Canada has said it expects to finish the mail-in count in most ridings by Wednesday, but some may take another day or two.

According to Elections Canada, almost 6.8 million people voted early, most of them at advance polls over a week ago, and the rest through special ballots cast by mail or at Elections Canada offices.

Canada has more than 30 million eligible voters.

More to come.


UPDATE: 8 p.m.

With 15 of 233 polling stations reporting, Conservative incumbent Dan Albas is leading slightly over Liberal challenger Sarah Eves in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.

Albas has taken 42.7 per cent (6,046 votes) and Eves has earned 33.5 per cent (4,735 votes) as of 8:10 p.m.


UPDATE: 7 p.m.

The votes have been cast and are now being tallied up across British Columbia as the 2021 Canadian federal election nears its end.

Follow here for live updates and results from Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.


ORIGINAL: 7 a.m.

A new federal government is expected to be named Monday night, as Canada’s 2021 snap election gets underway.

The main parties vying for the 338 seats in the House of Commons are Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives, Jagmeet Singh’s New Democrats, Annamie Paul’s Greens., Yves-François Blanchet’s Bloc Quebecois and Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada.

Polls are open in British Columbia from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. PST.

Where you can vote:

To find out your local poll location, visit the Elections Canada website and type in your postal code. Alternatively, Canadians can look at your voter registration card. Voters can only visit their specified polling location.

Elections Canada has warned that due to staffing shortages from the pandemic, some voters may experience a wait to cast their ballot.

Masks are mandatory in polling locations, but proof of vaccine is not required.

Who is running in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola?

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

Check out our website and Facebook page for full coverage of the results once polls close.

Canada Election 2021

 

From top left: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Erin O'Toole (Conservative). 
From bottom left: Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), Maxime Bernier (PPC), Annamie Paul (Green). (Canadian Press photos)