More than 30 GTA Conservative candidates of record have formed an informal group to push leadership candidates to make the area a priority in the next election. In 2021, the Tories only won seven of 57 GTA seats.
'We’ve been sort of in limbo, so it’s a relief to be able to start organizing everything,' says Liberal Pascale St-Onge, whose victory in Brome-Missisquoi, Que., was challenged in a since-cancelled recount.
Half of the 42 ridings the Conservatives lost in the last election are suburban ridings, which public opinion analysts say proves yet again that any party that wants to form government needs to win the suburbs of major urban centres.
Will O’Toole hang on and keep trying to sell a moderate-sounding package designed to break through his party’s 34 per cent ceiling with a wider coalition, or is the party about to go in the other direction?
There is plenty to do, and Canadians have told their federal politicians to get back at it. If you must pass judgment on the value question, how about you wait and see where we are in a year from now, or three.
If the Liberal leadership speculation does not stop, Liberals could end up in the same situation as Conservatives, says pollster Darrell Bricker. But pollster Nik Nanos says Trudeau could theoretically win another election, but likely a minority.