#Elxn43: Liberals surge in Atlantic Canada as results trickle in

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Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, delivers remarks at the Assembly of First Nations' Annual General Assembly in Fredericton, N.B., on July 24, 2019. The federal government is appealing a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling ordering Ottawa to pay $2 billion in compensation to First Nations children and their families who were separated by a chronically underfunded child-welfare system. The government on Friday officially asked the Federal Court to review of the tribunal's September ruling. In that decision, the tribunal said the federal government "wilfully and recklessly" discriminated against Indigenous children living on-reserve by not properly funding child and family services. The result was a mass removal of Indigenous children from their parents for years in a system Indigenous leaders say had more First Nations kids living in foster care than at the height of the residential-schools era. In a statement, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan said the government agrees with many of the tribunal's findings, including the recognition of discrimination and mistreatment, as well as that compensation "should be part of the healing process for those who have experienced significant wrongs." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray

The electoral map in Atlantic Canada is seeing a swath of Liberal red over most of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Liberal cabinet minister Seamus O’Regan has recaptured his seat in St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.

Long-time Liberal Lawrence MacAulay appears set to hold his riding of Cardigan, as Liberals lead in all four seats on Prince Edward Island.

The Canadian Press projects that New Democrat Jack Harris has recaptured the seat he lost to Nick Whalen in 2015 in St. John’s East.

Liberal candidates are leading in most of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Overall, with many votes still to be counted in the region, Liberals are elected or leading in 24 ridings, Conservatives have five, and the NDP have the one seat.

7:55 p.m.

The Liberals have captured their first seats of the night in Atlantic Canada.

The Canadian Press projects Scott Simms has won re-election in the Newfoundland riding of Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame and Gudie Hutchings has held Long Range Mountains.

Churence Rogers is also being declared the victor in the Newfoundland riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, giving the Liberals three seats to start the night.

The Liberals are leading in eight more ridings, while the Conservatives are leading in two New Brunswick ridings.

New Democrat Jack Harris, a former MP, is leading incumbent Nick Whalen in St. John’s East.

Polls remain open in central and western Canada, meaning that parties will savour early victories, but know there is still more nail-biting ahead.

7:30 p.m.

Polls have closed in Atlantic Canada and could provide an early glimpse of how the vote will play out.

The Liberals swept the region in the 2015 election but are expected to lose some of those seats tonight.

Polls closed about 30 minutes ago in Newfoundland and Labrador, marking the start of what promises to be a long night to determine whether Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will get a second mandate to govern Canada.

So far, results show that the Liberals are leading in six of the country’s 338 ridings with early counting underway.

Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer voted in their respective ridings on Monday.

With polls suggesting a close race between the two, each party will be watching whether they can hit the number 170 _ the number of seats required to earn a majority government.

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