Election campaign marked by 'unhealthy' polarization, and it may be about to get worse - 2019-10-16
OTTAWA—No matter who emerges the winner from Monday's election, the prime minister will take charge of a country divided by an acrimonious election.
And those divisions won't evaporate once the ballots are counted. Indeed, the election results threaten to further exacerbate political fault lines, along geography, gender and the key issues at play.
Experts point to a few reasons for the divisions. For starters, the issues at the core of this election, such as climate change, have been divisive. Liberals and Conservatives in particular have sought to highlight those divisions to their advantage. And experts note a new trend with partisans identifying emotionally with their party with the result that political debates take on an "us versus them" tone.