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Fantino Vaughan Election

Fantino Vaughan Election - Early results in three federal byelections show former the Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino, the Conservative candidate, neck-and-neck with his Liberal opponent in Vaughan, while the Liberals were hanging on to a narrow lead in Winnipeg North.

With 220 polls of 284 reporting, Mr. Fantino had 49.3 per cent of the vote compared to 46.2 per cent for Liberal Tony Genco.

Vaughan, a suburban district north of Toronto, has been a longtime Liberal stronghold under MP Maurizio Bevilacqua, who stepped down to become mayor.

In Winnipeg North, where the Liberals also faced a tough race the party’s Kevin Lamoureux, had 44.5 per cent of the vote for a narrow lead over NDP candidate Kevin Chief, who had 43.0 per cent with 132 out of 153 polls reporting.

The traditionally NDP riding was up for grabs after MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis, the NDP health critic who had represented the riding since 1997, vacated her seat for an unsuccessful run at the mayor’s office.

Mr. Chief is a political newcomer who heads Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre and was expected to capture the riding over Mr. Lamoureux, a Manitoba MLA for nearly two decades.

A third by-election, in the central-west Manitoba riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, was expected to be an easy win for the Conservative candidate Robert Sopuck. The riding had been held by Inky Mark under several different political banners, including Reform, Canadian Alliance and Conservative, since 1997. Mr. Mark stepped down in September to run as Dauphin’s mayor, but lost.

Mr. Sopuck took a commanding lead with 58.1 per cent of the vote with 165 of 226 polls reporting.

The Liberals were watching the races in Winnipeg and Vaughan closely to prove whether Mr. Ignatieff’s cross-country summer tour has drummed up support despite a recent Harris Decima poll showing the opposition leader suffered from an “enthusiasm gap.”

Fantino Vaughan Election


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