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Singh-led NDP could prove to be ‘double whammy’ for Liberals in 2019, could ‘siphon off’ significant chunk of votes

By Abbas Rana      

•Liberal MPs who won their seats by less than a 10 per cent margin in the last election, especially in major urban centres, are concerned with Jagmeet Singh’s election. •Liberal MPs said almost all agree that if the NDP vote goes up even slightly in ridings won by close margins, it will give an edge to the Conservatives and the Liberals will lose those seats.

NDP MP Nathan Cullen and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured recently on the Hill. The federal Liberals are concerned that Mr. Singh's New Democrats could reduce the Justin Trudeau government to a minority government in the 2019 federal election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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The Liberals are concerned that the Jagmeet Singh-led New Democrats would “siphon off” a significant chunk of votes from them in the 2019 election, creating three-way races across the country that would be a “double whammy” for the ruling party trying to hold off the Conservatives, and, at the minimum, could reduce them to a minority government, say current and former Liberal MPs, and former senior Liberals. “You [NDP] not only take a vote away from the Liberals,

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