Election Day is Oct 21. This year, the date coincides with Shemini Atzeret, one of several “High Holidays” festival dates in the annual Jewish calendar, at the tail end of the harvest festival called Sukkot, but which is largely honoured in the breach of its halachic (Jewishly legal) detail by all but Orthodox Jews (about 75,000 in Canada). 

By an unusual coincidence, the Conservative nominee for Toronto’s Eglinton-Lawrence riding (a densely Jewish riding) happens to be an Orthodox Jewish woman, Chani Aryeh-Bain. Which means that neither she nor a significant number of her constituents will be able to cast their vote on that day.