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Canada Liberal hold on fortress GTA helps keep Tories from the breakthrough they needed

16:15  22 october  2019
16:15  22 october  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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The walls of fortress Toronto and its suburbs have held for the Liberals , providing a strong sign Monday The Conservatives were ahead in a handful of seats in the northern suburbs of Markham and Vaughan, but that did not seemingly add up to the necessary breakthrough they needed .

The story of this election is likewise not of any surge in support for the Conservatives, but of the restlessness Liberal Party supporters flash V-signs while watching the live federal election results at the Palais Liberal hold on fortress GTA helps keep Tories from the breakthrough they needed .

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The walls of fortress Toronto and its suburbs have held for the Liberals, allowing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hold off the Conservatives and hang onto government, though downgraded to a minority one.

With Conservatives needing a big showing in Ontario, the Tories instead found themselves facing a disappointing night after polls began to report across the province. Whether or not it was the much-discussed “Doug Ford factor” — that being the effect of the popularity problems of the Conservative provincial premier — the federal party seemed unable to make substantial gains in the all-important suburbs of Toronto.

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Ontario is crucial in any election because of its 121 seats — nearly a third of the House of Commons. In 2015, the Liberals emerged with 80 seats compared with 33 for the Conservatives and eight for the New Democrats. (The numbers changed slightly in the meantime due to byelections.)

But it’s the Greater Toronto Area that can make or break majorities, thanks to its 30 swing ridings in its suburbs, the so-called 905 region, that both Liberals and Conservatives have proven themselves competitive in. The Conservatives were strong in those ridings for many years when the Conservatives were led by Stephen Harper, but Justin Trudeau’s Liberals almost entirely swept the area in the 2015 federal election. The Conservatives had to take back some of those seats to have a shot at winning overall.

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The GTA , widely considered a swing region, went red yet again, with the Liberals winning all but three seats in the region — Thornhill, Markham-Unionville and Aurora-Oakridges-Richmond Hill. Liberal hold on fortress GTA helps keep Tories from the breakthrough they needed .

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Instead, the Liberals won all five seats in Brampton and all eight seats in Mississauga, both important swing regions that the Conservatives swept in 2011. The Conservatives won a handful of seats in the northern suburbs of Markham and Vaughan, but that did not add up to the breakthrough they needed. They had also hoped to pick up seats along the shore of Lake Ontario in Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington, but the Liberals won all of those races.

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The Liberals needed to gain seats in Quebec if they were to keep their majority, to compensate for losses elsewhere. The Bloc’s election night event was held in the Montreal riding of Laurier—Sainte-Marie, a Liberal hold on fortress GTA helps keep Tories from the breakthrough they needed .


The Conservatives are even going to lose one of their highest-profile MPs, Lisa Raitt, in the GTA suburb of Milton. She was up against Liberal star candidate Adam van Koeverden, a four-time Olympic medallist kayaker. With almost all polls reporting, van Koeverden won by more than 5,500 votes. 

Jane Philpott, the former cabinet minister who resigned over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair, was also unable to make a breakthrough of her own. Running as an Independent in Markham-Stouffvile, she came in third to the Liberals and Conservatives.

In Toronto proper, where the races were competitive between the Liberals and the NDP, the Liberals also managed to hold their ground. The NDP had hoped to pick up a few ridings in central Toronto, but the Liberals once again won every single one.

Meanwhile, the NDP were in a fierce battle to hang on to their seats in the manufacturing-heavy cities of Hamilton, Windsor and London. The Liberals took aim at those seats based in part on their renegotiation of the NAFTA trade deal, a critical issue for the auto and steel industries. Four of the NDP’s six incumbents managed to hang on in these three cities, but the NDP lost two of their three Windsor-area ridings.

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The NDP did win in the key race of Windsor West, however. The Liberals had recruited a star candidate there in Sandra Pupatello, who had been a senior cabinet minister for the Ontario Liberals when they governed the province, but the NDP’s Brian Masse won by more than 2,000 votes.

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The Conservatives held onto much of rural southern Ontario, as expected. Northern Ontario also stayed roughly the same, though the Conservatives looked set to pick up the riding of Kenora from the Liberals.

In Ottawa, where the Liberals won seven of eight seats in 2015, the situation was unchanged. Pierre Poilievre, the only Conservative to hold his seat in the past election, won his race. In Ottawa Centre, where the NDP hoped to take down Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the Liberals cruised to an easy victory.

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Regionalism is nothing new .
Scott Matthews: Politics are not significantly more regionalized today than they were in 2015. But Quebec is the anomaly.A prominent theme in the wave of commentary on last week’s election is Canada’s increasing regionalism. Indeed, it’s hard not to see a reflection of the highly fragmented politics of the 1990s in the outcome of Oct. 21, 2019, particularly looking at the colouring of Elections Canada’s map of national results.

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