Politics is a blood sport and the art of the possible, but with three weeks left, the federal election campaign may go down as one of the weirdest in recent memory. The Liberals and New Democrats have quickly dumped candidates over gaffes and the minority governing Conservatives who are seeking to strengthen their mandate in the next Parliament have been trying to put a lid on potentially damaging political mistakes in the past two weeks. But the Oct. 14 outcome will turn on a number of ridings. Last week The Hill Times brought readers the top swing ridings in the country, a list of nail-biters the parties are targeting. This week, The Hill Times has created a list of the most exciting, colourful and interesting races to watch. And there will be more ridings next week. Some of them are close, some of them not so close. Many of them are here simply because of the personalities, celebrities, or stories involved. Dona Cadman, widow of the late Independent MP Chuck Cadman, for instance, is vying to keep the B.C. riding of Surrey-North in the Cadman family. In Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Que., former Senator and International Trade Minister Michael Fortier is fighting for a seat in the House against Bloc Québécois incumbent Meili Faille. And Green Party Leader Elizabeth May may not have much of a chance against Defence Minister Peter MacKay in the battle for Central Nova, but with no Liberal candidate running there, it's certainly a race for political spectators. Newfoundland is another place to keep an eye on. The Tories only have one incumbent running, Fabian Manning in the riding of Avalon, and there's no telling how damaging Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams' "ABC" campaign will be to the federal Tories in the province. The NDP has also recruited a star candidate in the name of Jack Harris, former leader of the provincial NDP, to run against former Liberal provincial cabinet minister Noel Walter in the riding of St. John's East. BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver Centre Incumbent Liberal MP Hedy Fry was dubbed "the giant killer," when she was first elected to represent Vancouver Centre and knocked off former Progressive Conservative prime minister Kim Campbell in 1993. Since then she's fought some tough battles, defending her seat against Reformers and the Canadian Alliance. In the last election she defeated former NDP MP Svend Robinson, killing his hopes for a comeback. This time Ms. Fry, a former physician who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, faces a tough fight against strong NDP and Conservatives candidates. The biggest threat to her hegemony in this urban riding, which has a high proportion of immigrants, is NDP candidate Michael Byers, a UBC professor of global politics, author, and commentator, who is known nationally. The Conservative candidate is former MLA Lorne Mayencourt, of B.C.'s Liberal Party, who recently resigned his seat from the provincial riding, which is encompassed by Vancouver Centre. West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country This Vancouver riding has more than just an interesting name; at around 130,000 people, it is Canada's most populous federal riding, and as of Aug. 30 it became home to Canada's first Green Party MP, incumbent Blair Wilson. The race took an interesting turn last week when the NDP candidate, Dana Larsen, resigned after a video surfaced of him taking hallucinogenic drugs, lighting a mouth full of joints and driving. Mr. Wilson, who ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal in 2004, defeated the Conservative candidate by less than 1,000 votes in 2006 in what has been traditionally a Conservative riding. After allegations of improper campaign spending, Mr. Wilson resigned from the Liberal Party and sat as an Independent; however even though he was cleared of any wrongdoing, the revelation that he was embroiled in legal and financial disputes, which included a dispute with his father-in-law, he was denied re-entry into the Liberal Party. Mr. Wilson faces a tough fight to keep his seat from the Conservative candidate, John Weston, who came close to beating Mr. Wilson in 2006 and has been campaigning for the last two years, and from the Liberal candidate, Ian Sutherland, the mayor of Squamish, B.C. Fleetwood-Port Kells Incumbent Conservative MP Nina Grewal, along with her husband, former Tory MP Gurmant Grewal, were once part of the first husband and wife team to serve contemporaneously in the House. However, in a shady bit of detective work by Mr. Grewal in 2005, in which he covertly taped conversations between himself and Liberal Party officials, he suggested he and his wife would cross the floor in exchange for perks, and it blew up in both their faces, politically speaking. Mr. Grewal didn't run in 2006, and Ms. Grewal, who was first elected in 2004, defeated the Liberal challenger, Brenda Locke, by less than 1,000 votes. This time Ms. Locke, a former provincial Cabinet minister and longtime resident of Surrey, is back for round two. Newton-North Delta Newton-North Delta, which was created from a rezoning of federal electoral districts in 2003, has traditionally been a Conservative riding, however in recent years it has been a tight three-way race among the Tories, the NDP, and the Liberals. Incumbent Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal was elected in 2006, beating NDP challenger Nancy Clegg by 1,000 votes. Mr. Dhaliwal also ran in 2004, however former Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal defeated him by 500 votes. Sandeep Pandher, who recently worked as an assistant to Canada's Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon, is the Conservative candidate in the riding, and Teresa Townsley, a registered nurse and community activist, is the NDP candidate. Burnaby-Douglas Former NDP MP Svend Robinson held this urban riding for 25 years, from 1979 until 2004, and Mr. Robinson's former constituency assistant, Bill Siksay, has held the riding for the NDP since his former boss's departure. In addition to both being gay NDP MPs for Burnaby-Douglas, both Mr. Siksay and Mr. Robinson have both been defeated by Liberal MP Hedy Fry in Vancouver Centre. Mr. Siksay ran unsuccessfully against Ms. Fry in 1997, and Mr. Robinson made a failed bid for her seat in the last election. Mr. Siksay is now defending his seat against Liberal candidate Bill Cunningham, a businessman who lost to Mr. Siksay by slim margins in the last two elections, as well as first-time Conservative candidate Ronald Leung. Surrey-North Maverick MP Chuck Cadman held Surrey-North from 1997 until his death from cancer in 2005, and now his widow, Dona Cadman, is running to retake the now-NDP seat for the Conservatives. Although Ms. Cadman is running on the Conservative ticket, she ignited a scandal for Mr. Harper's Tories when she was quoted in a biography of her late husband saying that, before his death, the Conservatives offered Mr. Cadman a $1-million life insurance policy and the opportunity to rejoin the Tory caucus (Mr. Cadman lost the nomination before the 2004 election, and was elected as an Independent) in return for his support in the House. (The Tories said they did nothing wrong, and no one was charged with any crime.) Still, the Liberals leapt on the story and now Mr. Harper is suing the Liberal Party for $3.5million for defamation. Although Ms. Cadman has repeated her claim that the Tories offered her husband financial inducements in court, she isn't much talking to the press about it. NDP MP Penny Priddy, who is reportedly a friend of Ms. Cadman's, currently holds the riding but has announced she is retiring from politics. The NDP candidate is Rachid Arab, who works in the aerospace industry, and the Liberal candidate is Marc Muhammed, a businessman. Mr. Cadman always won by large margins, as did Ms. Priddy in the last election, and the riding's voting history indicates people in Surrey-North tend to vote by candidate, not party. Vancouver Island North This will be the third election in which NDP candidate Catherine Bell and Tory John Duncan will be fighting for this riding. The race between them has proven to be tight in the past, with Mr. Duncan inching a win by 0.9 per cent of the vote in 2004 and Ms. Bell, now the incumbent, managing to snap the prize from Mr. Duncan's hands by 1.1 per cent in the 2006 election. Mr. Duncan had been a Member of Parliament under the successive Reform, Alliance and Conservative banners since 1993, when he was elected to represent North Island-Powell River and after the riding merge with Comox-Alberni to create Vancouver Island North. It doesn't appear that Mr. Duncan will give up easily, so this is expected to be a heated race. NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR Avalon This is one riding in Newfoundland and Labrador that the Tories are seen as having a chance to win. It is the only riding in the province with a Conservative incumbent running, and that is Tory MP Fabian Manning. (Both Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn and Tory MP Norm Doyle have announced they are not running for reelection.) With Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams' high-powered "Anything But Conservative" (ABC) campaign in high gear—in protest to the federal Conservative government's changes to the Atlantic accord—the province has the potential to become entirely Liberal on Oct .14. There have been reports of low morale among federal Tories in the province and difficulty recruiting candidates. Keep an eye on Mr. Manning and the Liberal candidate, Scott Andrews, to see whether it goes red or blue. St. John's East The riding may be in play as former Conservative incumbent Norm Doyle has announced that he's not running, and considering Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams' "ABC" campaign against the federal Conservatives. The NDP have recruited something of a star candidate to run in the riding in Jack Harris, the former provincial leader of the NDP from 1992 to 2006, who has been nominated to run against Liberal candidate Noel Walter, a former provincial Cabinet minister under former Liberal premiers Brian Tobin and Roger Grimes. The Tory candidate is Craig Westcott, a well-known journalist and political commentator, so it could shape up as an interesting three-way race. Mr. Noel has come under criticism from his political opponents for irregular spending from his constituency budget while a member of the provincial legislature, while Mr. Westcott has been a strong critic of Premier Williams. NOVA SCOTIA Central Nova Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will have a tough fight on her hands as she tries to unseat Defence Minister Peter MacKay, who has the advantage of carrying a household name in the riding. His father, Elmer MacKay, was a Progressive Conservative Cabinet minister under Brian Mulroney and held the riding for 22 years. Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion has agreed not to run a Liberal candidate in the riding, leaving the primary race between Ms. May, Mr. MacKay, and NDP candidate Louise Lorifice. In the 2006 election, Mr. MacKay won the riding with 40.7 per cent of the vote. NDP candidate Alexis MacDonald won 32.9 per cent and Liberal candidate Dan Walsh won 24.6 per cent. Halifax This will be a race for political junkies as nominated NDP candidate Megan Leslie tries to hold onto a riding that belonged to former NDP MP Alexa McDonough for a decade. Ms. Leslie surprisingly won the nomination against the perceived front-runner for the nomination, Alexis MacDonald, who previously ran against Tory MP Peter MacKay in Central Nova, finishing second in the 2004 and 2006 elections. Divisions within the NDP were showing after the nomination battle, when a Facebook group was launched, titled "We made the wrong choice: The radical Megan Leslie." However Ms. MacDonald is actively supporting Ms. Leslie. The Liberal candidate running in Halifax is Catherine Meade and the Conservative candidate is Ted Larson. In the 2006 election, Ms. McDonough won the riding with 47 per cent of the vote, well ahead of the Liberal runner up, Martin MacKinnon, who received 31 per cent. ONTARIO Halton MP Garth Turner is the Liberal incumbent here, but he was elected in 2006 as a Conservative. Trading partisan banners doesn't tend to be a vote-getter, so it will be interesting to see how voters react to Mr. Turner's Liberal affiliation (Mr. Turner was ejected from the Conservatives and sat as an Independent before joining the Liberals, so he is not exactly a floor-crosser). He is running against the Conservative Party's appointed candidate, Lisa Raitt, former president and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority, and NDP candidate Robert Wagner. Mr. Turner won the riding with 30,577 votes in 2006, not too far ahead of the Liberal candidate, Gary Carr, who won 28,680 votes. Mr. Turner has kept a fairly high profile in his riding through his popular, interactive blog. Burlington For those into classic Liberal-Conservative rivalries, this will be a top race to watch. Conservative MP Mike Wallace won the riding from former Liberal MP Paddy Torsney in 2006, and now she will try to win it again. Their rivalry goes back to 2004, when, in a late surge of support for the Liberals in Ontario, Ms. Torsney defeated Mr. Wallace. Mr. Wallace has come back to the campaign trail with nearly three-years' experience in government, and is pitching that to voters. "I think people need to compare the work I've done in two years to the 12 and a half or 13 years when Paddy was on the job," Mr. Wallace told The Hamilton Spectator recently. Ms. Torsney is hoping that voters only wanted to send a message to her and the Liberals the last time around, following the sponsorship scandal. Mr. Wallace won the 2006 race by more than 2,500 votes. Mississauga Streetsville Tory MP Wajid Khan will be testing voter support after crossing the floor from the Liberals to the Tories. Elected as a Liberal, Mr. Khan joined the Tories in 2006 after agreeing to serve as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's special adviser on the Middle East. Apparently it's a riding where the Liberals see opportunity. Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion made a stop there this month to talk about women candidates and promote his candidate in the riding, Bonnie Crombie. Ms. Crombie doesn't waste any time talking about trust and Mr. Khan as a turncoat: "Mr. Khan betrayed his voters," she recently told The Mississauga News. Depending on how voters see Mr. Khan, Ms. Crombie may have a tough fight. As a Liberal candidate in the 2006 election, Mr. Khan beat the Conservative candidate, Raminder Gill, by about 5,800 votes. Ottawa West-Nepean This riding was held by the Liberals for 16 years before John Baird won it with 43.1 per cent of the vote, a margin of nine per cent over the Liberals, in 2006. Mr. Baird's high profile in the government, first as president of the Treasury Board and then as minister of the Environment, will help him in his reelection, however it's said that his very partisan style and involvement in the city of Ottawa's light rail fiasco, in which Mr. Baird, as Treasury Board president, withheld the federal government signature for the project until after the municipal elections, could work against him in this campaign. What's most interesting about this race is that Mr. Baird will be facing former Liberal defence minister David Pratt, who lost his seat in Nepean Carleton to Tory MP Pierre Poilievre in the 2004 election. Marlene Rivier will be running for the third time for the NDP (she came in a distant third in the last two elections) and Frances Coates is running for the Greens. Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Penny Collenette has been campaigning in the riding for the past year-and-a-half, trying to win it back for the Liberals from NDP incumbent Paul Dewar. Both Ms. Collenette, the wife of former transport minister David Collenette, and Tory candidate Brian McGarry, CEO and chairman of the Hulse Playfair & McGarry funeral chapels and cremation services, are running for the first time. Last week, however, the sudden, death of popular former mayor Marion Dewar, Mr. Dewar's mother, has likely changed the dynamics of the campaign. In the 2006 federal election, Mr. Dewar garnered 36.9 per cent of the vote with a 7.7 per cent lead over the Liberal candidate, Richard Mahoney. Parkdale-High Park It's expected that NDP incumbent Peggy Nash will do well to hold onto her seat in this Toronto riding, which she won from former Liberal MP Sarmite Bulte by a margin of 2,300 votes. This is seen as a Liberal riding, and former Liberal leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy, a former Ontario provincial Cabinet minister who has built up a profile in the city, is the nominated candidate. There's a lot on the line for Ms. Nash—because there's a lot on the line for Kennedy. As one of the Liberal leader's top advisers, it's said that Mr. Kennedy has to win this seat or questions will emerge about his political future. Trinity Spadina NDP MP Olivia Chow won this riding in the last election over incumbent Tony Ianno by a 5.9 per cent margin, with 46 per cent of the vote. Now, Mr. Ianno's wife, Christine Innes, is running against Ms. Chow in this ethnically diverse downtown riding that includes the University of Toronto. Liberals are now targeting this riding, trying to get it back. Christine McGirr is running for the Conservatives and Stephen Lafrenie for the Green Party. Historically both the Tories and Greens have been marginalized, getting less than 10 per cent of the vote each in the 2006 election. Whitby-Oshawa Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will have to face the comments he made about the province of Ontario during this election campaign, as he campaigns against Brent Fullard, running for the Liberals. Mr. Flaherty won the riding by a 5.1 per cent margin in 2006, with 43.9 per cent of the vote, in a riding where the main industry is manufacturing (including a General Motors plant that is set to close in 2009). Mr. Fullard is an outspoken and sometimes controversial income trust activist (he is the former head of the Canadian Association of Income Trust Investors) who has been a monkey on Mr. Flaherty's back for some time now, unsuccessfully challenging him to debate the merits of the government's income trust taxation. It seems Mr. Flaherty may have to debate Mr. Fullard after all, along with NDP's Dave Purdy and the Greens' Doug Anderson. QUEBEC Ahuntsic Bloc MP Maria Mourani won the last federal election by a narrow margin of 1.7 per cent, defeating four-term Liberal MP Eleni Bakopanos. But this time, political insiders are expecting that Liberals will win back the riding from the Tories. Since losing the last federal election, Ms. Bakopanos had been working hard in the riding to prepare for the election. She also worked in the OLO as a senior political aide to the Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, whom she also supported in the Liberal leadership campaign. Beauce This is a safe riding for the Conservatives. Former foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier won the riding in the last federal election by a margin of more than 25,000 votes, and Mr. Bernier's father, Gilles Bernier, also held the riding for three terms. But it will be interesting nevertheless following Mr. Bernier's mistake last year, when he came under intense public scrutiny after the Quebec media reported that his former girlfriend, Julie Couillard, had past romantic links with members of the Hells Angels. Later on, Mr. Bernier had to resign when it was revealed that he left at Ms. Couillard's apartment sensitive and confidential Cabinet briefing documents related to an upcoming NATO meeting. Ms. Couillard's tell-all biography is expected to be released on Oct. 6, while Mr. Bernier is expected to win the riding again on Oct. 14. Mr. Bernier is running against Bloc André Côté, Lib René Roy, and NDP Véronique Poulin. Gatineau This is expected to be a three-way race between incumbent Bloc Québécois MP Richard Nadeau, NDP candidate Françoise Boivin and Liberal candidate Michel Simard. In the last federal election, Mr. Nadeau defeated then-incumbent Ms. Boivin, who ran as a Liberal. Earlier this year, Ms. Boivin joined the New Democratic Party. Before the 2004 federal election, Liberal Mark Assad won the riding from 1997 to 2004 and before that represented the riding of Gatineau-La Lièvre from 1988 to 1997. Political pundits are describing this riding as too close to call. Outremont The Jack Layton New Democrats won this safe Liberal riding in an upset victory in a 2007 byelection with former provincial Liberal Cabinet minister Thomas Mulcair as their candidate. After joining the NDP last year, Mr. Mulcair decided to run in the riding when outgoing Liberal MP Jean Lapierre announced his retirement from politics. This was the second time in the history of the New Democratic Party that it won a seat in Quebec. Before the 2007 byelection, the NDP won a seat in Quebec in a 1990 byelection with Phil Edmonston, a consumer advocate and writer, as its candidate. For this election, Mr. Mulcair is expected to win this riding again, but it will be an interesting race. Although Outremont was a solid Liberal riding, the Liberals failed to run an effective or efficient campaign in the byelection race, which resulted in a disastrous defeat for the party. Mr. Mulcair is seen as possible future NDP leadership material and the NDP don't want this win to be a one-hit wonder. Papineau Liberals lost this solid Liberal riding to the Bloc Québécois in the last federal election because of the sponsorship scandal. Former Liberal Cabinet minister Pierre Pettigrew, who represented the riding for close to a decade, lost it to Bloc MP Vivian Barbot in the last federal election. But this time, Liberals have nominated Justin Trudeau, the son of former and late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, as the candidate in this riding. With the popular Mr. Trudeau as the Liberal candidate and the Bloc's decline in popularity across the province, the Liberals are expected to win back this riding. Before Mr. Pettigrew, former Liberal Cabinet minister André Ouellet represented this riding for about 30 years. Even when the Mulroney Tories crushed the federal Liberals in the 1984 federal election, Mr. Ouellet won the riding with a comfortable margin. Pontiac Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon, who is also the influential political minister for Quebec, is expected to win this riding again, although he won the last election by a narrow margin of five per cent of the vote. In the last election, Mr. Cannon defeated incumbent Liberal David Smith who came in third behind second-place Bloc candidate Christine Émond Lapointe. Prior to Mr. Smith's election, former Liberal MP Robert Bertrand represented the riding from 1993 to 2004. In the Harper Cabinet, Mr. Cannon has played a key role in the Conservative Party's policies in Quebec. Since getting elected, Conservatives have made Quebec a priority as this is the province that could help deliver them a majority government. Mr. Cannon is running against Lib Cindy Duncan-McMillan, Bloc Marius Tremblay, and NDP Céline Brault. Last week, Mr. Cannon's office was forced to apologize after one of his riding staffers told Barriere Lake lead protester Norman Matchewan that the office would negotiate "if you're sober." The exchange was captured on video and broadcast as the lead item on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Portneuf-Jacques-Cartier Radio personality and incumbent Independent MP André Arthur is the independent incumbent in this riding, having been elected to Parliament for the first time in the 2006 election with 39.8 per cent of the vote, 14.1 per cent ahead of his closes contestant, then-incumbent Bloc MP Guy Côté. This is the only riding where Conservatives are not running a candidate, so as not to split the federalist vote. Mr. Arthur, an outspoken federalist libertarian who on various occasions during his radio career stoked controversy with inflammatory language, has voted and sided with the Conservatives in numerous occasions during the last government and has before said his views align most with the Conservative Party. It seems the Tories are happy to have him at their side in Parliament. Running against him in the election campaign are Stephan Asselin for the Liberals and Richard Côté for the Bloc. As of deadline, neither the NDP nor the Green Party had announced candidates. Sherbrooke Conservatives have nominated former federal PC MP André Bachand as their candidate in this election against incumbent Bloc MP Serge Cardin, who won the last election by a margin of more than 16,000 votes. In the 2004 federal election, Mr. Cardin won the riding with a lead margin of about 14,000 votes. This time, again, Mr. Cardin is likely to hold onto this riding. Mr. Bachand is returning to the Tory fold after he declined to seek reelection following the merger of the PC and Alliance parties because he was against the merger of the two parties. In his previous stint in federal politics, he represented the Quebec riding of Richmond-Arthabasca from 1997 until 2003. Vaudreuil-Soulanges Incumbent Bloc MP Meili Faille first won this riding in the 2004 federal election, and now she's facing the Tory-nominated candidate, International Trade Minister Michael Fortier, who recently resigned his Senate seat to run in the election. Mr. Fortier was appointed to Cabinet and the Senate after the last federal election, when Ms. Faille carried the riding by a margin of more than 9,000 votes and defeated then-Liberal star candidate Marc Garneau, astronaut and former president of Canadian Space Agency. (Mr. Garneau is now running as the Liberal candidate in the Quebec riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie.) In the 2004 federal election, Ms. Faille won by a margin of about 3,062 votes and defeated then-incumbent, three-term Liberal MP, Nick Discepola. Liberals this time have nominated Brigitte Legault, national vice-president of the federal Liberal Party. Westmount-Ville-Marie After losing the last federal election in the Quebec riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Marc Garneau, an astronaut, the first Canadian in space, and former president of Canadian Space Agency, is now running in this safe Liberal riding. The New Democrats have nominated Anne Lagacé Dowson, a popular CBC Radio broadcaster, as their candidate. This is expected to be a two-way race between the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party, but Liberals are expected to carry the riding. Westmount-Ville-Marie is considered as a safe Liberal riding and it became vacant after former Liberal Cabinet minister Lucienne Robillard retired from politics. SASKATCHEWAN Battleforrds-Lloydminster Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz wasn't on this list until The Canadian Press broke the story that Mr. Ritz cracked a joke over the listeriosis outbreak during a conference call in late August. Mr. Ritz said the listeriosis outbreak was like a death by a thousands "cold cuts" and also said when he heard about a death in Prince Edward Island he hoped it the Liberal agriculture critic Wayne Easter. Mr. Ritz was forced to apologize and Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Mr. Ritz's comments were inappropriate, he would not remove Mr. Ritz. A constituent in Mr. Ritz's riding has died from the bacteria, and her son Dennis Schroh, told Canwest News last week that he's normally a Conservative supporter but is "appalled" by Mr. Ritz's remarks. Mr. Ritz won by 11,709, or with 54 per cent of the vote in the last election. But now the race is interesting. Desnethé-Mississippi-Churchill River In the March 2008 byelections, Robert Clarke won this riding by 47.9 per cent of the vote, 16.4 per cent over the Liberal's hand-picked candidate, Joan Beatty, in a riding that had been narrowly won by the Liberals in the 2006 election and has been in the hands of MPs from the three major parties over the past 10 years. This time around, David Orchard is running. Mr. Orchard has been both an influential and controversial member of the Progressive Conservatives and later the Liberals, but has never held a seat in the House of Commons. This northern Saskatchewan riding has probably the highest possibility of becoming a Saskatchewan wildcard during this election. Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre Conservative Tom Lukiwski, who handily won this riding in 2006 with 42.1 per cent of the vote, leading by 14 per cent over runner-up NDP candidate Moe Kovatch, and by 15.5 per cent over Liberal candidate Gary Anderson. Mr. Lukiwski is finishing his second term as an MP and he squeaked into Parliament the 2004 election with just 122 votes over Mr. Anderson. In the last Parliament, Mr. Lukiwski ran into trouble when an almost two-decade old tape surfaced in which a younger Mr. Lukiwski made a homophobic slur. Mr. Lukiwski apologized profusely but gay organizations in his riding say he didn't follow up on his apology or respond to their letters. It will be interesting to see whether this affects Mr. Lukiwski's support and how his opponents, the NDP's Fred Kress, Liberal Monica Lysack, and Green candidate Nicolas Stulberg, fare in this election. —Compiled by Simon Doyle, Harris MacLeod, Abbas Rana, and Cynthia Münster.