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Monday January 23, 2006
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WHAT'S AT STAKE: The elections are for 308 seats in
lower House of Commons. A party needs at least 155 seats
to form a majority government. Otherwise the leader of the
party that wins the most seats must try to form a minority
government, which must be approved by governor-general.

CURRENT PARLIAMENT: Prime Minister Paul Martin's
Liberal Party holds 133 seats, Stephen Harper's
Conservative Party has 98 seats, Bloc Quebecois leader
Gilles Duceppe controls 53 seats and Jack Layton's New
Democratic Party has 18 seats. Independents hold four
seats and two remain vacant.

KEY ISSUES: Calls for cutting taxes, enforcing tougher
penalties for violent crimes and beefing up the military,
along with border security and relations with the United
States. The Conservatives have focused on federal inquiries
into corruption allegations against the Liberal Party. The
Liberals have accused the Conservatives of having a hidden
right-wing agenda to chip away at abortion and gay rights.

VOTING: Some 22.7 million Canadians are registered to
vote at 60,000 polling stations. Polls open in eastern
Newfoundland at 6:30 a.m. EST and close in western
British Columbia at 10 p.m. EST. Results typically come
within an hour after polls close.
Today is Election Day
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