Vote recounts taking place in Quebec, B.C. could affect most major parties

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Courts in Quebec and British Columbia have ordered recounts in two ridings where the runners-up are hoping a review could snatch victory from the jaws of ever-so-narrow defeat.

And there may be a third before the end of the day.

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The first recount will take place next week in the B.C. riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam, where NDP hopeful Bonita Zarrillo lost to Conservative Nelly Shin by just 153 votes.

The New Democrats argued that there were 516 rejected ballots — an unusually high number — along with evidence of a counting error in one poll and more than 250 unaccounted ballots. Combined, the party believed a judicial review was warranted.

Elections Canada says the recount will take place on Nov. 6, with the results to be published online once complete.

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A second recount is being set up for the Montreal riding of Hochelaga, where Liberal Soraya Martinez Ferrada bested Bloc candidate Simon Marchand by 328 votes.

A Bloc Québécois source who was not authorized to speak publicly told the Canadian Press there were discrepancies between the final result and the number of votes counted in the ballot boxes. Details of the recount were expected later Friday.

Also on Friday, a Quebec court ordered a recount in the riding of Quebec where Liberal cabinet minister Jean-Yves Duclos won re-election by 325 votes to Bloc candidate Christiane Gagnon.

Details are not yet available about when that judicial recount will take place.

Overturning any of the results wouldn’t change the overall outcome from the election, where the Liberals won a plurality of seats in the House of Commons but failed to earn a majority. Nor would the Conservatives be bumped from their spot as official Opposition.

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