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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. Conservative Michael Barrett on Monday night handily captured the popular vote, increasing the party’s share by 11 percentage points, from 47 per cent in the 2015 general election to 57.8 per cent in Monday’s byelection. He beat Liberal contender Mary Jean McFall who previously ran against the late Gord Brown,

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‘Scheer needed this,’ federal Tories tighten hold on Leeds-Grenville riding in byelection

By Beatrice Paez       

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
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