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Advance polls open in provincial Ottawa-Vanier byelection with 11 candidates

Voters have more choice than ever with 11 candidates, as advance polls open for the byelection in the provincial riding of Ottawa-Vanier.

2 provincial byelections set for November 17 will measure Premier' Kathleen Wynne's popularity

Advance polls during the federal election received record numbers of voters during 2015 Federal election, and poll analysts wonder if the trend will continue. (Michelle-Andrea Girouard/CBC)

Voters have more choice than ever with 11 candidates, as advance polls open for the byelection in the provincial riding of Ottawa-Vanier.

It's one of two provincial byelections set for Thursday November 17; the other is in the riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook.

The Ottawa-Vanier seat is up for grabs after long-time Liberal MPP Madeleine Meilleur retired in July.

Candidates include:

  • Claude Bisson, New Democratic Party of Ontario
  • Kevin Clarke, The Peoples Political Party
  • Elizabeth de Viel Castel, Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda
  • Nathalie Des Rosiers, Ontario Liberal Party
  • Dean T. Harris, Ontario Libertarian Party
  • André Marin, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
  • Stephanie McEvoy, Canadian Constituents' Party
  • David McGruer, Freedom Party of Ontario
  • Raphaël Morin, Green Party of Ontario
  • John Turmel, Pauper Party of Ontario
  • Above Znoneofthe, None of the Above Party

Byelections have notoriously featured low voter turnouts, with typically under 35 per cent of the electorate taking part. Still, the large number of candidates — not seen in the riding's modern electoral history — suggests there's a lot of interest in the outcome.

CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier said the two byelections are a good barometer of the current health of the Ontario Liberals under Premier Kathleen Wynne, who currently suffers her lowest approval ratings since the previous provincial election.

As advance polls open, Grenier notes that voting early is growing more and more popular, with a record breaking 21 per cent of voters casting an early ballot ahead of the 2015 federal election.

Meilleur had held the provincial riding of Ottawa-Vanier since 2003 before stepping down, and it has been a Liberal stronghold for the provincial party since the 1960s.

The riding is made up of communities like the Byward Market, Sandy Hill, Overbrook and parts of Gloucester.

Advance polls will last seven days until Nov. 11. Polls will open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

A list of advance polls are available here.

Special ballot voting will continue at the Ottawa-Vanier returning office until Nov. 16.

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