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The Canadian Election Drama Ends Tonight

The 78-day campaign, the longest in over a century, is supposed to end tonight. Polls put the Liberals ahead of the ruling Conservative party, but depending on who wins, things could get complicated.
October 19, 2015, 8:05pm
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Seventy-eight days, three major parties, five debates, and an avalanche of political rhetoric later, Canadians are heading to the polls today to pick their next government.

The longest campaign in recent memory started as a fight over the waning economy, but quickly morphed to touch on terrorism, the refugee crisispipeline approvals, and a face-covering veil that struck at the heart of what national identity means to Canadians.

The ruling Conservatives led by Stephen Harper, a politician who trades on bland, were always in for a tough fight, and for much of the campaign, the race appeared to be a three-way tie between his party, the Liberals and the NDP.

But cracks in the support bedrock of the NDP, led by Thomas Mulcair, began to emerge in early October, as Justin Trudeau and the Liberals began to pull ahead. The latest polls suggest Trudeau, the son of the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau — a much loved and reviled prime minister — might even be on track for a majority government. There is still the chance that Harper could pull off a win, and if it's a minority government, that sets the stage for a potential coalition among the opposition parties.

To see how this drama ends, catch full election coverage on Daily VICE's live stream at 7:30 EST here and on VICE News once a winner is declared.

Also, check out all of VICE News' Canadian election coverage.