A dozen ridings obvious targets for Conservatives as they seek to reclaim Liberal territory in Ontario next year
By Peter MazereeuwJul. 9, 2018
The Conservatives are focused on candidate recruitment, strategists say. Scandals derailed multiple nominees in 2015.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is still an unknown quantity to about half of Ontarians, one pollster says, but his party has a chance to scoop up numerous Liberal ridings in the province in the next election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The federal Conservatives are well-positioned to make gains in Canada’s largest province in the next election, and a dozen Liberal ridings in Ontario may as well be painted with bullseyes.
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‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott say they have no endgame, but some observers say they risk their reputations by continuing to find points of disagreement with Justin Trudeau, the government, and the Liberal Party.