Date set for four byelections
OTTAWA—The battle for opposition supremacy is on after Prime Minister Stephen Harper set Nov. 25 as the date for four federal byelections.
Harper yesterday called the byelections for Toronto Centre, the Montreal riding of Bourassa, and the Manitoba ridings of Provencher and Brandon-Souris.
However, New Democrats are making a concerted effort to snatch the two ridings away or, at least, make significant inroads.
Both the Liberals and NDP are running star candidates in the two ridings.
The Manitoba ridings, meanwhile, are longtime Conservative fiefdoms—left vacant after the retirement of former minister Vic Toews and backbencher Merv Tweed, and are widely expected to remain so.
The Toronto and Montreal byelections likely will be the most closely watched, with New Democrats intent on proving they’re the real alternative to the governing Tories.
The Liberals are running Chrystia Freeland in Toronto Centre, where she’ll be up against the NDP’s Linda McQuaig.
In Bourassa, Mulcair said the NDP is “going to throw everything we can at it, starting with an absolutely exceptional candidate, named Stephane Moraille.”
Moraille, an immigrant from Haiti, is a lawyer and erstwhile singer with Juno-award winning Bran Van 3000.
She’s going up against Liberal star recruit Emmanuel Dubourg, a former member of the Quebec legislature who also is of Haitian descent.