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A Battle Royale in Toronto-Centre

This certainly livens things up in the NDP nomination battle for Toronto-Centre:

Linda McQuaig, well-known author and Star columnist, is announcing on Tuesday that she is vying to be the New Democratic Party candidate in the Toronto Centre byelection….She is running for the NDP nomination against Jennifer Hollett, who worked for Much Music, CBC and CTV.

Ms. Hollett, of course, is who I did a feature blogpost on not too long ago. This should be quite the battle to watch; I respect both Hollett and Mcquaig for their talents, and either one would be a high-quality candidate for the NDP.

On a related note, there are now 3 LPC candidates […]


#imwithtim – Stay Tim stay!

I wasn’t expecting to be writing a followup post to this on Tim Hudak and leadership questions on whether he would still be here on Sept 9 or not so soon after the by-elections, but there is already some dissension in the ranks – enough to get the Toronto Sun to write about it.

I’m not sure whether ten PC members from London asking for an amended party constitution so that a leadership convention can be demanded is proof of a “palace coup” or not; supposedly there are also 5 PC caucus members who support this. Some other PC members led by PC MPP Lisa Macleod have started a […]


Byelections fallout: Will PC’s Tim Hudak still be PC leader in September?

It was an interesting night last night. The Ontario Liberals held onto 2 of their seats – in Scarborough and in Ottawa (despite gloomy polls – more on that later), while the NDP captured Windsor in a landslide (not surprising) and London-West (by a surprisingly comfortable margin). The Progressive Conservative Party meanwhile, had to console itself with winning Etobicoke, in a fairly tight battle.

I said yesterday that I’d be checking in today on the final results vs what the final polls from Forum and Campaign Research said, but I’ll hold off on that for now until I see what our favorite poll tracker Eric at says; he promised […]


Byelection Day in Ontario – grading the pollsters polls

Interested political observers and partisans will be looking at today’s by-elections here in Ontario to see what message the voters will be sending the Ontario Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne.

I’ll be interested in the results for more then one reason. We have had 2 polling companies – Forum, and Campaign Research – doing polling in some or all of the ridings, and I will be curious to see which of these 2 were closer to the mark (or if both are). Both of these pollsters used IVR (Interactive Voice Response) technology to get their polling results, so it will be a test of how their demographics and random […]

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