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Liberal tilt to the left could have electoral consequences for NDP, say pollsters

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The Liberals should be careful about the ‘recoil effect’ as some of their supporters could back away if they vacate the political centre, says pollster Nik Nanos.
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Conservatives don't want a snap election in the fall but will be ready if one is called, say Conservative MPs.
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The Liberals do not want an election, but don't want to be seen 'pushed around' by opposition parties either, says Liberal political insider Greg MacEachern.
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Ya’ara Saks and Gary Gladstone want to be the next Liberal MP for York Centre. They may have to win three straight elections, and defeat a confident Conservative opponent, to claim the seat.
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Conservatives sources expect the party will allow members to vote by mail in nomination contests for the next election.
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‘We expect this to be a hotly contested nomination race, the reason being that York Centre is far from being a "safe Liberal seat,"’ says Rachel Willson, the last Conservative candidate in York Centre.
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Caucus endorsements in a leadership election only serve as a public relations tool to suggest momentum, says veteran Conservative political insider Tim Powers.
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'Any cabinet minister will be scared to say something or else it’s going to get leaked...government can't function like that,' says a former senior Liberal.
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Former chief fundraiser of the Ontario Liberal Fund Bobby Walman and Toronto fundraising executive Gary Gladstone are seriously considering seeking the Liberal nomination in York Centre.
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Justin Trudeau's Liberals should ensure they don’t end up in anymore ethical controversies, as these scandals lead people to think that it is ‘time for change,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.
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Bruce Heyman and other former Democratic ambassadors to Canada want the voter turnout of Americans living in Canada to at least double from six to 12 per cent in the November election.
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Some Liberal backbenchers say they're frustrated that their own government has lost goodwill because of the WE Charity scandal.
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All four leadership candidates are currently putting all their efforts in GOTV, as it’s ‘vital to the whole success of any campaign,’ says Steve Outhouse, campaign manager for the Leslyn Lewis campaign.
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'No one from our campaign, including our legal counsel, has been contacted about this investigation by any authorities or police organizations,' says Chisholm Pothier, a spokesperson for the Peter MacKay campaign.
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Campaign Life Coalition has signed up 30,000-40,000 members to help Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan, the two social conservative candidates, according to Jack Fonseca, director of political operations for the organization.
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The Liberal Party is consulting MPs and grassroots members to determine rules for candidate nominations in held and unheld ridings for the next election, says spokesman Braeden Caley.
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All four Conservative leadership campaigns are watching the voting process ‘like a hawk,’ to ensure nothing untoward happens in the leadership election vote, says former Conservative MP Brad Trost.
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Canadians currently are primarily paying attention to the federal and provincial governments, and not the opposition parties, because of the economic and health implications of the outbreak, says Frank Graves.
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‘Unity is the way to go’ should be the marching orders from the new leadership to all Conservative Party members, says Keith Beardsley, former deputy chief to former prime minister Stephen Harper.
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'Peter MacKay has a proven track record of uniting Conservatives, and that's precisely what he's doing in the leadership campaign. And that's what he'll do if he's elected as leader,' says Conservative MP Michael Cooper.
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The deeper the impacts of COVID-19, the more likely that major changes will occur in our society, says EKOS president Frank Graves.
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'It might be sensible to consider a more intermittent or ad hoc process’ for making COVID-19-related announcements in the coming weeks and months, says pollster Frank Graves.
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'As long as Donald Trump is around I think that everyone's going to have what I call the 21 second pause that Trudeau took yesterday, before opening your mouth on it,’ says former Conservative Senator Don Oliver.
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Liberal MPs have recently held discussions in caucus meetings about nomination rules for incumbent MPs for the next election, Liberal MP Ken Hardie confirmed to The Hill Times last week.
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‘The Radical Left Lamestream Media, together with their partner, the Do Nothing Democrats, are trying to spread a new narrative that President Trump was slow in reacting to Covid 19,’ says U.S. President Donald Trump in a tweet.
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'I find it very frustrating, to be honest. If we’re going to win an election, we need to win as a team with our focus being on the Liberals' record instead of infighting amongst ourselves,’ says MP Michael Kram.
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This could be 'the forgotten Parliament’ if the in-person House sittings don’t return before the next election, says Conservative MP Cooper.
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‘We're probably going to see retail politics take a page out of the book of delivery services, UPS and Amazon: it's knock and drop,’ says pollster Nik Nanos.
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Former Conservative MP Brad Trost describes new MPs critical of Derek Sloan as ‘immature,' and ‘a bunch of the rookies who are behaving like chickens with their heads cut off.'
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Liberal MPs want the party to bring back the same nomination rules that it put in place before the last election.
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The Conservative Party will mail the first wave of leadership-election ballots to members on June 30, while the second wave will be sent July 13.
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'We would really like to know what’s out there in terms of the general population... those who are potentially asymptomatic and could spread it around,’ says epidemiology professor George Wells.

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