Jun 30, 2014
By Jane Brown
Voters are invited to go to the polls today in four federal by-elections.
Most of the focus is on the downtown Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina, where the Liberals have campaigned hard to try to take the seat formerly held by New Democrat Olivia Chow. Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has been in the riding campaigning for candidate Adam Vaughan on several occasions, including yesterday at the Pride parade for a final push. “We’ve had extraordinary response,” Trudeau explained, “not just in Trinity-Spadina, but right across the country to the Liberal campaign, the positive message we’ve put forward. I know Canadians are going to send a very clear message about the kind of politics they want.”
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was also in Toronto for Pride where he took a shot at Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan. “Well there’s no question that it’s a competitive race. I mean the Liberal candidate was in municipal politics before and he’s had a lot of nice things to say about NDP policies and I think he wishes they were Liberal policies. But unfortunately for him, he’s running for the Liberals, so we’ll have to see how that works out. We’ve got a great candidate in Joe Cressy, bright young guy working his tail off in this campaign, connecting with people all over the riding. We’re convinced that it’s going to be there for him.”
A new MP will also be elected in the east Toronto riding of Scarborough-Agincourt, which is a Liberal stronghold. The Conservatives are expected to hold onto the Alberta ridings of Macleod and Fort McMurray-Athabasca.