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‘I’d be worried if I was a Liberal anywhere in B.C.’: polls predict strong headwinds for federal B.C. Liberals in next election, but MPs say they’ll defend their record

By Abbas Rana and Emily Haws      

'I would be worried, if I was a Liberal, anywhere in B.C.,’ says pollster Greg Lyle of Innovative Research

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expelled former cabinet ministers Jane Philpott, left, and Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus last week. Ms. Wilson-Raybould's expulsion from the Liberal caucus is likely to backfire on Liberal candidates in the next federal election in B.C. say political analysts. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With the politically explosive fallout from the expulsion of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus continuing, political analysts are warning British Columbia federal Liberals to expect strong headwinds in October’s election, but Grit MPs say they’ve served their constituents well and the SNC-Lavalin controversy will be one of many factors that voters will take into consideration before voting.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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