Covering key Ontario riding of Simcoe Grey - Helena Guergis running as Independent vs. Conservative Dr. Kellie Leitch #elxn41
Steady streams of people making their way to the various polling stations in small towns throughout the Southern Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey.
Many having to make up their minds - not just based on party politics - but the individuals running as well. Incumbent Helena Guergis taking on Dr. Kellie Leitch and a number of other candidates.
The electorate here though is certainly engaged. During the record advance poll numbers this time around, this area had the third highest turnout in all of Canada with 14,985 voting.
#CPC asking media to clear out of the Convention Centre for half an hour so they can do a rehearsal. #elxn41
Just voted. My polling station was empty! Workers there hoping it picks up at noon. #elnx41
Covering Toronto-Centre. A riding which includes some of richest and poorest neighborhoods in the city. #elnx41 @GlobalNational
Simcoe Grey is poised to be one of the ridings that could make or break a Conservative majority when the final results come in tonight.
Current MP Helena Guergis is running as an Independent after being ousted from the party last year. She's up against hand-picked Conservative candidate Dr. Kellie Leitch. Both claim to be running based on similar platforms. Only one within the party lines though.
The countdown is on #a#elxn41
last night there seemed to be confusion that people couldn't tweet at all today. Many candidates were "signing-off" saying they wouldn't tweet today. But many are still tweeting, 631 tweets so far today.
CBC/ctv playing "wabbit season, duck season" over whose news channel in on at Peter MacKay's office. #elxn41
#cdnpoli NDP hq quiet right now. Just us media folk setting up.
Election day! Seriously, the most fun you can have in a newsroom! I'll be live at Ralph Goodale's office tonight. @GlobalRegina #elxn41
The most retweeted tweets of the last 2 hours have been about voter suppression tactics at the polls & false poll location.
#cdnpoli what were the chances of another huge int'l news story breaking around this election??? Japan, North Africa and now Bin Laden.
#cdnpoli for those NOT in the know. We have to be very careful what we tweet. No results until the end of the night.
#elnx41 at Elizabeth May's hq. Will greens make history tonight?
After you vote today - make sure to watch @GlobalNational at 9pm to see how you made a difference today! #elxn41
#cdnpoli over under on the number of bottles of orange crush brought into the NDP rally --- 100. I'm saying over.
Media asked to clear out of #Harper HQ in #Calgary for a security sweep. Will take at least 90 minutes. #elxn41
#cdnpoli best drink of the campaign - steam donkey ! BC microbrewery.
Nfld lowest turnout in Canada last time. Advance voting way up. Voting for change or Conservatives off hands?
Hello there from Montreal. Just heard from our production crew that this year's Bloc HQ is at a smaller venue than they've used in past years. In contrast, the NDP splurged and are setting up in a more grand theatre than in years past.
Helena Guergis Background
Simcoe Grey MP and Independent candidate Helena Guergis first won her seat in the 2004 election - beating Liberal incumbent Paul Bonwick by just 100 votes. She's won the last couple of elections with much greater margins.
She was ousted from Conservative Party caucus after criminal allegations surfaced more than a year ago. She and her husband, former MP Rahim Jaffar, were accused of being involved in fraud, extortion, cocaine use and prostitution.
Guergis held a tearful press conference a couple of weeks ago after being cleared by the RCMP. At the time, she called everything that has happened a smear campaign orchestrated by the PMO.
#CPC advising #Harper to watch #elxn41 results from suite at Hyatt in #Calgary. No word on when he'll appear on stage. Depends on results.
Kellie Leitch Background
Dr. Kellie Leitch is a political newcomer, brought in to run for the Conservatives just a few weeks before the election was called. The paediatric surgeon from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto owns property in Simcoe Grey just outside Creemore and runs a clinic in Orillia. She's also an Order of Ontario recipient.
She claims to have run a positive campaign based on the party message and has recently received a number of high profile endorsements from MP's Peter MacKay and Julian Fantino.