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All major parties to ‘double down’ on 129 ridings won by 10 per cent or less margin, includes eight cabinet ministers

By Abbas Rana      

Liberals won 54 ridings by 10 per cent or less of the vote in the last election, the Conservatives 38, the NDP 29 and the Bloc eight.

Among the 54 Liberals who won these close contests, eight are cabinet ministers who were elected for the first time in 2015. They include Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton Mill Woods, Alta.), Environment Minister Catherine McKenna (Ottawa Centre, Ont.), Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr (Calgary Centre, Alta.), Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos (Québec, Que.), Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould (Burlington, Ont.), International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

All major political parties will “double down on” on the 129 close ridings won or lost by a margin of 10 per cent or less in 2015 because they will play a critical role in the 2019 federal election outcome, say MPs, a pollster, and a Liberal political strategist. “The 129 ridings that were won by less than 10 per cent, they will be significant for sure in 2019 and we’ll be doing everything we can of course

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