Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chantal Hebert on the upcoming byelections

I disagree that iffy and the grits have any momentum, but Chantal Hebert sees a loss in Vaughn as a grave problem for iffy and the grits. The last line of her column should give power hungry grit MPs pause.

Byelection could be momentum killer for Liberals

By CHANTAL HEBERT
Wed, Oct 20 - 4:53 AM

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff will face his first real electoral test in an upcoming byelection in Vaughan, Ont., a riding long held by the Liberals. (Adrian Wyld / CP)
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff will face his first real electoral test in an upcoming byelection in Vaughan, Ont., a riding long held by the Liberals. (Adrian Wyld / CP)


The federal Liberal party has been up and down in the polls since Michael Ignatieff became its leader almost two years ago, but he still has to pass his first real electoral test.

That test is expected to be upon the Liberal leader shortly and if the Conservatives can help it, it will kill Ignatieff’s already modest momentum in the bud.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is within days of calling a series of byelections to fill vacant seats in Manitoba and Ontario, including one in the Greater Toronto Area riding of Vaughan.

Ignatieff’s first bite at the election apple last fall was a bitter experience. His party placed a distant third in four ridings spread right across Canada. The saving grace for the rookie leader was that it had been decades since the Liberals had held any of the seats then at play.

The upcoming vote in Vaughan is different. When Maurizio Bevilacqua resigned his seat to run for mayor in late August, he had held the riding since the 1988 free-trade election.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We're going to be throwing everything we got at this one Dr. (real conservative)

I Support Lord Black