Bob Mok predicts the election outcomes as the final week of the election campaign counts down.
Please refer to an earlier article for this series of discussions - http://096.ca/news/550866 , http://096.ca/news/558925 ,
http://096.ca/news/566559, http://096.ca/news/567397 , http://096.ca/news/567523, http://096.ca/news/567827, and http://096.ca/news/569907
We are now coming up to the weekend before the Federal Election 2015. On Oct 19 (Monday), Canadians will choose the next Government. If we elect a Majority Government, then there will be stability and focus over the next 4 years. If not, we will probably face an election right after the budget early next year or before that by way of a non-confidence motion by opposition parties.
Over the last month, we were bombarded by many polls. Some of those are sponsored by organizations with ulterior motives while others are independent and impartial. The NDP took the lead at one time but eventually abated and the Conservatives surged forward. Initially, the election was focused on the economy. Then, it was replaced by foreign policy towards acceptance of Syrian refugees and the issue on Muslim women’s demand for wearing niqab at the citizenship oath ceremonies.
保守党 (C) – 97
新民主党 (N) – 85
自由党(L) – 75
魁人政团 (BQ) – 1
绿党 (Green) – 1
难以预测席位 (TC) – 79
This election is too close to call! Of the 338 ridings, the most up-to-date and impartial tabulations are as below:
Conservatives (C) – 97
NDP (N) – 85
Liberals (L) – 75
Bloc Quebecois (BQ) – 1
Green Party (Green) – 1
Too close to call (TC) – 79
This is a photo finish hinging on no major slip-ups by any parties. A few candidates had to drop out of the races over the last few weeks due to their conduct and/or politically incorrect opinions expressed in social media or printed materials in their past.
Do not expect any other “fringe party” candidates (other than Bloc Quebecois and Green party) getting elected. A candidate for Member of Parliament must make a $1,000 nomination deposit when the candidate's nomination paper is filed with the local returning officer. All candidates receive their deposit back if they turn in their properly completed financial paperwork on time, and a portion of election expenses are reimbursed if the candidate garners over 10% of the votes in the contested riding. Nomination Deposits are supposed to deter candidates who are not serious from standing for parliamentary election.
At the time of writing this article, not much has changed as far as regional dominations are concerned. To recap our earlier assessment:
大西洋省份（32个议席）——其中包括纽芬兰及拉布拉多省、爱德华王子岛省、新斯科舍省以及新布伦瑞克省。联邦自由党在大西洋省份占据上风。（议席预测C=2, L=19, N=4, TC=7）
Atlantic Provinces (32 seats) - Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Liberal party has the upper hand here.(C=2, L=19, N=4, TC=7)
魁北克省（78个议席）——虽然联邦新民主党强劲的竞选势头有所减弱，但仍然足以保住在上次大选中赢得的大部分魁省席位。（议席预测C=5, L=10, N=44, TC=18, BQ=1）
Quebec (78 seats) – The Strong NDP domination has waned but still strong enough to retain most seats held from last election. (C=5, L=10, N=44, TC=18, BQ=1)
安省（121个议席）——安省将会定夺大选结局。联邦自由党将在摇摆选区（这些选区长期以来一直都摇摆在两党之间）占据优势。安省的几个选区中的许多选票会分布于联邦自由党和联邦新民主党之间，该局势将有利于保守党。（议席预测C=40, L=35, N=17, TC=29）
Ontario (121 seats) – This is where the election is decided. Liberals will make gains in swing ridings (those ridings that traditionally and historically changed hands between 2 parties). There are a number of ridings where many votes will be splitting between Liberals and the NDP and those will favour the Conservatives. (C=40, L=35, N=17, TC=29)
草原省份（62个席位）——其中包括阿尔伯塔省、萨斯喀彻温省和缅尼托巴省。毫无疑问联邦保守党在草原省份将会继续傲视群雄，囊获该地区绝大多数议席。（议席预测C=42, L=5, N=6, TC=9）
Prairies Provinces (62 seats) – Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. No question of Conservative dominations here taking up a huge majority of seats. (C=42, L=5, N=6, TC=9)
卑诗省（42个席位）——联邦新民主党在卑诗省将会一马当先，赢得略超一半的议席。（议席预测C=8, L=5, N=13, TC=15, Green=1）
British Columbia (42 seats) – NDP will have an advantage here picking up slightly more than half of the seats. (C=8, L=5, N=13, TC=15, Green=1)
The Territories (3 seats) - Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. Last time I looked, one seat will now be Liberal, one NDP, and the other one is simply too close to call. The totals seats here (3) will be insignificant and “irrelevant” in reality. (L=1, N=1, TC=1)
Next week, we will look at what happened on Election night. It is the only poll that counts.
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