Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Spotlight shines on five GTA ridings with upcoming federal election

Jaime Pulfer and 680News staff Toronto | Monday, September 8th, 2008

Toronto - Local Toronto ridings are expected to kick some major sizzle into the federal election, with five key battlegrounds to watch across the GTA.

The Whitby-Oshawa riding, whose manufacturing sector has been walloped by a hurricane of job cuts recently, is one to watch.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will try to keep it Conservative, running against former General Motors worker and Liberal candidate, Brent Fullard.

Mississauga-Streetsville is another Conservative story with a twist -- Wajid Khan crossed the floor from the Liberals after the last election. Many are wondering if he'll get the same support as a Tory.

There'll be drama in Halton, as Garth Turner won that riding as a Conservative in 2006, but was kicked out of caucus for being too outspoken and is now running as a Liberal.

Parkdale-Highpark and Trinity-Spadina are currently held by the NDP, but both were previously Liberal territory

1 comment:

Dr Mike said...

Another riding to watch is in South Western Ontario---Elgin-Middlesex-London.

This riding was won by a landslide (over 10,000 votes) last election by current Tory MP Joe Preston.

He is up against it this time with a great Liberal candidate Suzanne van Bommel who is a community activist & a multiple business woman with a fine family.

The Conservative policies are vulnerable in this heart of car country where manufacturing used to be king.

Despite the huge margin of victory last time , I feel this to be a bell weather riding with a renewed Liberal vigor , a fine candidate & Conservative backlash.

This should be good.

Dr Mike Popovich.