Star candidate Doug Holyday received the bounty of the Ford Nation and nabbed a plum Toronto riding and the NDP picked up two seats. In fact Mayor Rob Ford campaigned hard in the victory.
The Liberals barely held onto former Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Ottawa South riding; but frankly the Liberal’s have been in power a long time so losing three out of five seats in these times is not that surprising especially with their self-inflicted scandal wounds and petty boycotting of independent media.
The NDP do suffer against Wynne which left a huge opportunity for the Cons who choked by about 1600 votes.
The bad news facing the Liberals is that if the Cons do switch leaders they are in big trouble.
Scandal after scandal and an untried leader who essentially is a torch holder for the McGuinty regime hasn’t propped them up in the polls nor has it inspired a resurgence.
What the by elections do tell Ontario is that we most likely won’t see a Fall election as the province is too much of a jackpot for anyone to blink yet, and the Kingmakers have to start rejigging their pieces for the big showdown.
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