Canada’s going to the polls with a Conservative widely expected to challenge the Liberal party’s long term hold on power. Stephen Harper has promised to cut taxes, crack-down on crime and clean up government. It was a corruption scandal that triggered today’s election, with the government losing a confidence vote.
“If you want to clean up Ottawa, you have to vote for it. If you want your taxes to go down, you have to vote for it. If you want a government that actually does something about crime, you have to vote for it, and the only way to get that is to vote for a new Conservative government,” Harper said. Centre-left Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin has campaigned on his record on the economy, which is booming. He told supporters: “We have a challenge on our hands, but it’s one that we’re up to. It’s one we’re going to meet, and it’s one we’re going to meet with victory tomorrow night.” Many analysts believe neither Harper nor Martin will win a majority, and that they will need the support of smaller parties to govern.