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High profile, popularity in Wilson-Raybould and Philpott’s favour, but system is ‘unfairly stacked’ against Independents, says MP Bill Casey

By Aidan Chamandy      

If successfully elected, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have an opportunity to effect change, say observers, but must clear financial, infrastructure hurdles.

Former Liberals cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould, pictured in Ottawa in April, announced on May 27 they will run as Independents in the 2019 federal election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Former Liberal  cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are hoping to beat the odds as Independent candidates in the coming election, and observers say they have a few things working in their favour.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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