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Ontario voters wake up today to what they had yesterday, (sort of).

Forum Research, the polling company, must be feeling pretty good today. Their opinion polls released the day before the 2 by-elections held more or less accurate. The Liberals held Vaughan, and in a surprise upset, the NDP, who last held the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo back in 1943 when it was then known as the CCF, came from third place to win rather handily over the Conservative and Liberal candidates.

SO what does that say to me? A few observations:

– I’m not the only one who is pleased to see Turncoat Tony Genco, who ran to and for the Conservatives both federally and provincially after running for the federal Liberals […]

Someone should put Julian Fantino’s face on a milk carton…

Sorta like this:

My thanks to the person who sent this in. I thought Fantino was only 68, so that age thing may be inaccurate slightly… but 72 isn’t much different from 68.

Fantino’s disappearing act during the debates didn’t go over very well last night, by the way.

That’s a rather empty looking space at the Vaughan candidates debate.

Seems something is amiss tonight in Vaughan… or someone:

Julian Fantino MIA

Not to worry though; he’s been very busy practising his scripted lines the Prime Minister’s Office have made for him. I wonder how he – as someone who has been one not afraid to speak his mind whether you agreed with him or not – can manage to stomach that. I guess if you want political power, you can tolerate playing hide and go seek with the voters.

Hopefully, enough Vaughan voters turn out who reject this democracy shortcut Fantino and the Conservatives under Harper and his strategists are attempting (and turnout/GOTV operations are always very key […]

Conservative strategists trying to employ the Dianne Haskett strategy in Vaughan

What might be the Dianne Haskett strategy, you ask? Well, it involves the Conservative Party and its election strategists keeping a potentially controversial candidate away from the press and attending a minimal amount of public debates, so as to try and prevent them from saying something in public that will seriously hinder their election chances in a riding that might not appreciate their right-wing candour.

That strategy was most famously used in an attempt to get Dianne Haskett elected in London in a 2006 bye-election (vacated by then-Liberal MP Joe Fontana):

Haskett, a former two-term London mayor, has not granted an interview to national media since entering the race late […]

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