For the Liberals, the five per cent dip in support should be taken as a sign that the party needs to evaluate whether its strategy is working, says former Liberal MP Joe Jordan of Bluesky Strategy Group.
Liberal candidate Mary Jean McFall, left, captured just 35.8 per cent of the vote, while Michael Barrett, middle, handily scored 57.8 per cent. The NDP candidate Michelle Taylor, right, trailed a distant third with just three per cent. Photographs courtesy of Mary Jean McFall, the Conservative Party, and Michelle Taylor
Federal Conservatives expanded the margin of victory in the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Lakes and Rideau Lakes byelection, sinking the Liberals’ hopes of chipping away at their hold on the riding.
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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'