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Socialist, Chaotic or Stable: How Canada’s Vote Could Turn Out

  • Polls show Conservatives, NDP and Liberals clustered near 30%
  • Tight race suggests eventful aftermath to Oct. 19 election

Prime Minister Stephen Harper won re-election in 2011 with a pitch for a “strong, stable Conservative majority government” to end Canada’s run of three minority parliaments over seven years. Now, the country is heading toward its most precarious election outcome in decades as polls show an unprecedented three-way race for power -- a recipe for minority government.

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