Polls close in Manitoba's 42nd general election
Manitobans went to the polls today in an election that has the incumbent Progressive Conservatives seeking a second majority government.
Polls opened at 8 a.m. CT in the province's 42nd general election. Eligible voters had until 8 p.m. CT to vote.
Live coverage began at 7:30 p.m. online, and on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM and CBC Television in Manitoba.
More than 113,000 Manitobans have already cast ballots in advance polls, according to Elections Manitoba, compared to about 110,000 in 2016.
Kate Moulden, 19, cast a ballot on Tuesday in her first ever provincial election.
I'm so excited. We're lucky to be able to do this.- Kate Moulden, voter
"I'm so excited. We're lucky to be able to do this," she said outside the voting station at the Robert A. Steen Community Centre in Winnipeg's Wolseley neighbourhood.
"Thousands and thousands of people everywhere around the world can't vote. We have the privilege to be able to do that. We're so lucky to be in a society, in a country, that respects voting.
"Let's just do it."
Moulden said she watched the leaders' debate, read all of the parties' platforms and the individual candidates' literature before making her X on the ballot.
"I just wanted to make sure I was educated enough because there really isn't any excuse for not voting, unless you actually can't," she said, adding that poverty, education and health are her main concerns.
Stuart Krogh was among the first wave of voters to the Wolseley polling station, but he wasn't particularly happy about it.
It's an election we weren't supposed to have for another year.- Stuart Krogh, voter
"It's an election we weren't supposed to have for another year," he said, referring to Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister's decision to go to the polls before the set date in October 2020.
"In spite of that, it's still important to vote, even if it's just to send a message, even if you spoil your vote."
This was an early election, called three years into the Progressive Conservatives' term.
Over the 29-day campaign, Pallister made promises to create 40,000 jobs, improve supports for victims of domestic violence and tackle the methamphetamine crisis, as well as bring more tourists to the province and create more flexible grocery store hours.
NDP Leader Wab Kinew made commitments including banning mandatory overtime for nurses, increasing the minimum wage to $15 and upgrading infrastructure, plus capping tuition fees and slashing hydro bills.
Green Party Leader James Beddome made promises, including a guaranteed basic income and scrapping the education property tax, as well as developing a province-wide compost program and increasing the carbon tax.
All four leaders faced off once, in an Aug. 28 televised leaders' debate. You can watch a recap of it here.