TORONTO—Predicting election outcomes is a futile activity. For example, as the last federal election campaign began no NDPer in her wildest dreams imagined that her party, mired at 12 per cent in the polls in Quebec, would capture 59 seats in the province. The formal brief campaign period of 36 days demonstrated that campaigns are dynamic affairs. Although the outcome of the coming election is impossible to determine, some things are becoming clear: the NDP will return to third-party status and the Greens will go nowhere.
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