Hamiltonians go to the polls after a swift campaign that has drawn federal leaders to town
Hamiltonians are heading to the polls today after a swift campaign amid a pandemic that has seen four federal party leaders tour the city and debates between local candidates in all five constituencies.
Like all offices in the Eastern time zone, local polling stations open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 9:30 p.m.
Steeltown has proven to be a critical stop in this campaign and has a few ridings without a start and others with potentially tight races.
Here’s a rundown of what you might have missed:
Party leaders did not hesitate to visit Hamilton
The election was called on Sunday August 22. This Wednesday evening, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole all made a stopover in the city.
Trudeau made a housing announcement, Singh made a quicker stop to raise the profile of local MP candidates, and O’Toole had a longer speech studded with Hamilton references.
They would all come back at least once more, including stoppages during the last election weekend by Trudeau and O’Toole in Flamborough-Glanbrook, where the Liberals came close to 2,000 Conservative votes in 2019.
The federal leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) also made an appearance last week, although a political expert said Maxime Bernier’s visit may have been part of a long-term strategy to legitimize the left.
We asked voters what questions were important to them when the election was called and near the end of the race. Among the most common issues were climate change and housing.
3 Hamilton races to watch
The city has at least three constituencies with interesting stories:
- Hamilton East — Stoney Creek.
- Mount Hamilton.
The Liberals and NDP normally fight Hamilton East – Stoney Creek, and this election is no different.
A heated debate on Cable 14 that included questions, notably from CBC Hamilton, saw Liberal candidate Chad Collins clash with NDP candidate Nick Milanovic and Tory candidate Ned Kuruc. Environmental candidate Larry Pattison was also present at the debate.
Hamilton Mountain is another battle between the Liberals and the NDP.
Liberal candidate and former CHCH reporter Lisa Hepfner and NPer Malcom Allen, Member of Parliament for Niagara Center until 2015, were the only two to participate in the cable debate.
Other candidates include Al Miles for the Conservatives, Dave Urquhart for the Greens, Jim Enos for the Christian Heritage Party and Chelsey Taylor for the PPC.
Flamborough – Glanbrook, meanwhile, will see the Tories and Liberals fight for the seat.
The constituency, created in 2015, includes part of the former constituency of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, known to elect Liberals.
Dan Muys, a longtime Conservative volunteer and campaign manager who worked for former regional MP Sweet, is running for the Conservatives while former mayoral candidate Vito Sgro represents the Liberals.
The Cable 14 debate also included NDP candidate Lorne Newick and Green candidate Thomas Hatch.
Hamilton-Center and Hamilton-WestAncaster-Dundas also had their own debates.
Six Nations polling stations violate treaty rights: Haudenosaunee Confederation
Election day does not resonate the same among all residents of the Hamilton area.
The traditional leaders of the Six Nations of the Grand River have demanded that polling stations and all election materials be removed from the territory before Monday’s election.
The Confederation Council issued a statement last week claiming the stations were a violation of treaty rights and “our human rights to exist as separate persons.”
The statement quotes the agreement, by the two-row Wampum Treaty, between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee “never to interfere in the government, laws and ways of the other”.
It also discouraged the Onkwehonwe, or Haudenosaunee, from voting.
Elections Canada told CBC Hamilton on Sunday that it was working with the elected council to establish polling stations in the territory.
“Since the release of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council statement, Elections Canada has contacted the elected council of the Six Nations of the Grand River, which continues to support maintaining the polling stations that have been established,” read an email from the spokesperson Dugald Maudsley.
“Eligible voters will be able to vote at their assigned polling station on election day, Monday, September 20, 2021. Polling stations will be open for 12 hours. It is Elections Canada’s role to ensure that voters can exercise their democratic right to vote and be a candidate. “
CBC Hamilton has contacted the elected board for comment.
How to watch CBC Hamilton election coverage
CBC Hamilton will host a live broadcast from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. when the polls close on Monday.
Our panel will also include live reports from our field press team.
You can find this at cbc.ca/hamilton and other ways to watch CBC national election coverage here.