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Available Expert - Voters head to the polls in Ontario by-elections

Monday, October 26, 2020

This fall, Canadians in multiple provinces are heading to the polls to choose a new leader, or member of parliament. Queen’s expert Jacob Robbins-Kanter is available to speak about the significance of these outcomes.

The Liberals have held the riding of Toronto Centre for the past 27 years" says Robbins-Kanter.  The Toronto Centre by-election features newly elected Green Party leader Annamie Paul, who suggested that the race should be postponed for safety reasons. A postponed election would also give her more time to gain name recognition and prepare her party to face the Liberals. The Liberal candidate, former CTV broadcaster Marci Ien, is favoured to retain the seat for her party. All major party candidates in Toronto Centre are people of colour. 

  “York Centre is also a traditional Liberal stronghold. The Liberals will be upset if they cannot hold onto both seats. People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier is running in the York Centre by-election, after failing to win his home riding of Beauce Quebec? in the 2019 federal election. Early voting numbers suggest that turnout in both by-elections will be low, with fewer voters than expected opting to request mail-in ballots. 


To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Julie Brown (  julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada. 


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