(Elections Canada photo)

(Elections Canada photo)

Polls open across Vancouver Island for 2019 federal election

Which party will be chosen to form the next government?

A new federal government is expected to be named Monday night, as Canada’s 2019 general election gets underway.

The most prominent 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. from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. local time.

Federal elections are not run in the same ways as provincial 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.

This is the second election since Vancouver Island riding borders were redrawn. Seven ridings encompass the region.

Esquimalt–Saanich–Sooke

In the Esquimalt–Saanich–Sooke electoral district, 10 candidates are vying for your vote, including incumbent Randall Garrison (NDP), Fidelia Godron (Independent), Jeremy Gustafson (PPC), Jamie Hammond (Liberal), Louis Lesosky (Independent), David Merner (Green), Philip New (Independent), Randall Perwarchuk (Conservative), Tyson Strandlund (Communist Party), and Josh Steffler (Libertarian Party)

Learn more about these candidates and the issues they’ve outlined by clicking the link below.

Meet Your Candidates: Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke hopefuls answer the tough questions

Saanich–Gulf Islands

Five candidates are competing to represent the electoral district of Saanich–Gulf Islands. They include Ron Broda (PPC), David Busch (Conservative), incumbent Elizabeth May (Green), Sabina Singh (NDP), and Ryan Windsor (Liberal).

Learn more about these candidates and the issues they’ve outlined by clicking the links below.

Meet Your Candidates: The battle for your vote heats up in Saanich-Gulf Islands

Victoria

In the Victoria electoral district, nine candidates are vying for your vote, including Richard Caron (Conservative), Laurel Collins (NDP), Alyson Culbert (PPC), Robert Duncan (Communist Party), Racelle Kooy (Green Party), Nikki Macdonald (Liberal), Jordan Reichert (Animal Protection Party of Canada), Keith Rosenberg (Veterans Coalition Party of Canada), and David Shebib (Independent).

Learn more about these candidates and the issues they’ve outlined by clicking the link below.

Meet Your Candidates: Victoria hopefuls outline the issues facing the riding and nation

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

The NDP have had a lock on the riding with former NDP Jean Crowder winning her seat in 2004. 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 are also running.

Learn more about these candidates and the issues they’ve outlined by clicking the link below.

Meet Your Candidates: Cowichan-Malahat-Langford hopefuls talk about the issues

Nanaimo-Ladysmith

There are nine candidates running in Nanaimo-Ladysmith. They include: Bob Chamberlin, NDP; James Chumsa, Communist Party; Jennifer Clarke, People’s Party of Canada; Michelle Corfield, Liberals; John Hirst, Conservatives; Paul Manly, Green Party; Brian Marlatt, Progressive Canadian Party; Geoff Stoneman, independent; Echo White, independent.

Learn more about these candidates and the issues they’ve outlined by clicking the link below.

Meet Your Candidates: Parties make last push to try to win Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding

Courtenay-Alberni

NDP incumbent Gord Johns is running again in a riding that had been previously Conservative. Others running include: Jonah Gowans, Liberal Party of Canada, Byron Horner, Conservative Party of Canada, Sean Wood, Green Party of Canada, Barbara Biley, Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Learn more about these candidates and the issues they’ve outlined by clicking the link below.

Meet Your Candidates: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address affordable housing

North Island-Powell River

Carla Neal, Marxist-Leninist, Rachel Blaneym NDP, Brian Rundle, People’s Party of Canada, Shelley Downey, Conservative, Glen Stapes, Independent, Peter Schwarzhoff, Liberal, Mark de Bruijn, Green are the seven names on the ballot on the Island’s most northerly riding.

Learn more about these candidates and the issues they’ve outlined by clicking the link below.

Meet Your Candidates: North Island-Powell River candidates address fish farms

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