Carr, Gazan hold Winnipeg ridings, Conservatives stay strong in rural areas as CBC projects Liberal government

CBC News is projecting nine incumbents have won their Manitoba seats again as results continue to roll in.

Conservative incumbents James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman), Candice Bergen (Portage-Lisgar), Ted Falk (Provencher), Dan Mazier (Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa), Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris) and Raquel Dancho (Kildonan-St. Paul) have all won re-election in their ridings, CBC News projects.

NDP incumbent Leah Gazan has once again taken the riding of Winnipeg Centre, CBC News projects, as has Jim Carr, the incumbent for the Liberals in the Winnipeg South Centre, and Liberal incumbent Terry Duguid in Winnipeg South.

CBC is projecting a Liberal government, but it is still too early to project whether they will return with a minority or win a majority.

Manitoba’s polling stations — which ranged this year from churches and community centres to a big-box store, a horse-racing track and more — closed at 8:30 p.m. CT.

The pandemic election comes two years after the last federal election. Voting this time around looked a little different than usual.

Voters in some ridings earlier in the day reported a quick and easy voting experience. That wasn’t the case everywhere, though. Roughly 20 minutes after polls closed, a line of voters still wrapped around the Fort Garry Curling Club in Winnipeg’s Saint Boniface-Saint Vital riding.

Anyone who was waiting in line to vote at 8:30 would still be able to cast their ballot, Elections Canada said.

Elections Canada was forced to find some non-traditional sites for polling stations this year — including Winnipeg’s Ikea store and the Assiniboine Downs race track — as schools were off the table due to the prospect of voters crossing paths with unvaccinated children. 

Greeters at the doors of polling stations provided hand sanitizer and reminded voters to put on their masks before entering.

Supporters of Kevin Lamoureux, the Liberal incumbent in the Winnipeg North riding, had to be fully vaccinated to get into his campaign headquarters for the evening.

Entry to incumbent Liberal candidate Kevin Lamoureux’s election night headquarters in the Winnipeg North riding was restricted to those who are fully vaccinated. (Stephanie Cram/CBC)

A record number of Manitobans got voting out of the way in advance of election day: turnout at advance polls, which were open from Sept. 10-13, was up 57 per cent over 2019, according to Elections Canada.

The number of Manitobans voting by mail-in ballots was also up.

In 2019, about 55,000 Canadians chose to mail in their ballots — the majority of whom were living outside of Canada. Only about 5,000 mail-in kits went to people voting from within their riding that year.

This year, more than 38,000 people in Manitoba alone requested mail-in voter kits, according to Elections Canada. Nearly 80 per cent of those kits went to people living in the riding.

Because they have to go through verifications, including ensuring those who voted by mail didn’t vote in-person on election day, Elections Canada says hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots won’t get counted until Tuesday.

CBC News will update this story as results come in through the evening tonight.

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Voters line up outside the Fort Garry Curling Club on Monday, hours before polls closed. (James Turner/CBC)

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