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Strategic voting to determine if Liberals will form government, say political players

By Abbas Rana      

As many as nine per cent of progressive voters could vote strategically in this close election potentially affecting the outcome in more than 100 ridings, says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.

Based on last week's polling numbers, the election is expected to yield a minority government. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, pictured in Ottawa on Oct. 11, 2019, and Liberal candidates across the country have been urging progressive voters to vote strategically to ensure that Conservatives don't win the election. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

With polls predicting a close election contest this week, many ridings across the country are likely going to be decided by tight margins making strategic voting the key determinant if Liberals will return to power or not on election day, say political players.

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