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Liberals likely to ‘hemorrhage’ significant chunk of their 32 Atlantic seats in next election, say political insiders

By Abbas Rana      

Liberals will face headwinds in the October election, but not possible to make any predictions five months ahead of the election, says six-term Liberal MP Mark Eyking.

Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, left, who won the last election with 74.4 per cent of the vote in Cape-Breton-Canso, N.S., isn't running again, but Liberal MP Wayne Easter, who won the last election in Malpeque, P.E.I., with 62.1 per cent of the vote is seeking re-election The Hill Times file photograph

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is likely to lose a significant chunk of the 32 seats the Grits won in Atlantic Canada in 2015 mostly because there’s a growing feeling in the region that the governing party has taken it for granted, say political insiders, but senior Liberals also say it’s too early to make any predictions since the election is five months away.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times. He reports on the Parliamentary caucuses, nomination contests, political leadership campaigns, Elections Act laws, and the Senate. Abbas loves to chat with sources on-the-record or on not-for- attribution basis especially when they have verifiable story tips that could be followed as news stories. Brown envelopes are also always a lot of interest to him. Born and raised in Pakistan, Abbas speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. When not chasing politicians down on the Hill, he likes to watch cricket and movies.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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