Almost 900-thousand residents of Montreal, Quebec, were eligible to vote today in Canada's federal election - the second to be held in the country within a year.
L/S City of Montreal looking south from Mount Royal toward business district.
L/S Place Ville Marie fountain, pan up to 40-storey Royal Bank of Canada bldg.
M/S Unlit club signs in city night club district.
L/S Thirsty Montrealers try locked tavern door. M/S Liquor store with C/U "closed" sign.
L/S St. Catherine's street - city's main street.
L/S Police coming out of headquarters. M/S getting into cars, motorcycles.
L/S Exterior downtown polling booth, voters entering.
M/S Inside polling booths, officials check lists, hand out ballots. Shots of people entering voting booth.
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Background: Almost 900-thousand residents of Montreal, Quebec, were eligible to vote today in Canada's federal election - the second to be held in the country within a year. The Montreal electorate represents about nine per cent of the 10-million eligible voters in Canada's 10 provinces. (TAKE SILENT FILM FOR 1.52 SEC)
Voters on the island of Montreal will elect 21 members to the 265 seat House of Commons. Each of the four major parties, Progressive Conservative, Liberal, New Democratic and Social Credit, fielded candidates in every riding. In Montreal, the Liberal party entered the election holding 20 of the 21 ridings. The Progressive Conservatives held one seat.
For most Montrealers, election-day meant business as usual, but the city's night clubs, taverns and liquor stores ???
In years past, Montreal gained a reputation for election day violence, with squads of thugs roaming the streets, assaulting voters, wrecking committee rooms and stuffing ballot boxes. Before the polls opened today, 3-thousand policemen were given last minute instructions and set out to enforce a well co-ordinated plan aimed at keeping election day incidents at a minimum.
Voting in the early hours was heavy. Polls opened at 8 a.m. and at many places voters were waiting outside when the doors opened. Fine sunny weather with a 45 degree temperature was expected to attract a record 80 per cent turn-out of the predominantly French speaking electorate
Polls closed at 7 p.m. eastern standard time in Montreal and the results of the election on the island were expected to be known before midnight.