It’s provincial byelection day in the Toronto riding of Scarborough – Rouge River.
Voters will cast their ballots to decide who should replace former Liberal MPP Bas Balkissoon, in what is said to be a tight race.
Balkissoon resigned his seat in the east Toronto riding in March, giving little in the way of explanation and there are now 11 candidates vying to take his place at Queen’s Park.
Candidates include Piragal Thiru for the Liberal Party, Raymond Cho for the Progressive Conservatives and Neethan Shan for the NDP.
The byelection has been at the centre of some controversy concerning the Liberal Government’s controversial sex-ed curriculum in the week running up to voters going to the polls.
A letter distributed to constituents late last week, under Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown’s name stated that that if his party won the 2018 provincial election, they would scrap the changes made to the curriculum last fall.
However, just days later Brown said that that was not his intention and that he had not seen the letter before it had been sent out.
The topic is seen as a hot button issue in the riding, where more than half of residents were born outside of Canada.
According to Elections Ontario, 4,509 voters cast their ballots at advance polls.
571 election workers will be at 50 voting locations in the riding on Thursday and those who wish to vote are being reminded to bring their notice of registration card and proof of identity.