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Swing ridings with high visible minority populations will tilt 2019 federal election, says politicos

By Abbas Rana      

The 41 ethnically diverse ridings are the ‘face of Canada’ and ‘the most representative communities in the country,' says NDP MP Don Davies.

Some 41 ridings across the country have a visible minority population of 50 per cent or more. Liberal MPs Mary Ng, top left, Omar Alghabra, Gary Anandasangaree, Gagan Sikand, and Sukh Dhaliwal. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, above left, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Conservative MP Alice Wong, and Conservative MP Bob Saroya. The Hill Times file photographs

Some 41 “swing” ridings with visible minority populations of 50 per cent or more, including five constituencies in the Greater Toronto Area that have 80 per cent or more visible minorities, will be key battlegrounds for all major parties in the 2019 election, say politicos.

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