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...ah, there it is. Yes, it's byelection day in Niagara West-Glanbrook and Ottawa-Vanier, as the races to replace former PC leader Tim Hudak (in NWG) and former Liberal attorney general Madeleine Meilleur (in OV) come to a head. Niagara West-Glanbrook is traditionally Tory and Ottawa-Vanier historically Liberal, so a change in ownership for either could cause a stir. The stakes may be highest for Premier Kathleen Wynne, but she's got her poker face on, and the Liberals are in no danger of losing their majority government. Votes could just get a little tighter than usual.
Now, time for a little byelection background. Here are our profiles of the Ottawa-Vanier candidates: Liberal Nathalie Des Rosiers, Progressive Conservative André Marin, and New Democrat Claude Bisson.
QP Briefing also took a trip down to Niagara West-Glanbrook for debate night, catching up with young Tory candidate Sam Oosterhoff, NDPer Mike Thomas, and Liberal Vicky Ringuette. QPB is also going to be in the two ridings tonight with LIVE byelection coverage. So don't go anywhere.
Let's go to your B-E-Day headline roundup:
- When asked why the Liberals are trying to lump Marin in with Trump, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews said he "should never have charged his deodorant to the taxpayer"
- CBC notes that Wynne's current approval ratings are worse than those of former premier Dalton McGuinty's prior to his resignation
- The Toronto Star says PC Leader Patrick Brown "is hoping to add a rabid watchdog and a muzzled pup to his pack"
- The two byelections could serve as yet another referendum on hydro rates
- The mood at the Ontario Liberals' annual general meeting this weekend hinges on the byelections, says David Reevely
- Ashley Csanady explains how the byelections became more interesting than they normally would be
- The Toronto Sun is hoping voters will send a message to the Liberal government
In other news, the Canadian Geographic Society chose the gray jay, or whisky jack, as its suggestion for Canada's national bird. The loon is right there on our money, but whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Our other stories from yesterday:
- On Ontario Place revival tour, Minister envisions Central Park North
- After housing minister kept away from committee, Tories cry foul, Liberals cry filibuster
- Spring vote could make for murkier picture of province’s finances, Tory finance critic claims
There's a time to play Words with Friends. This may not have been one of them.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is speaking out against the closing of schools in rural parts of the province.
In the opinion pages:
- Martin Regg Cohn wants the government to finally tame the Ontario Municipal Board
- The Ottawa Citizen is not pleased with bird-gate
Debate resumes on the motion for Second Reading of Bill 27, An Act to reduce the regulatory burden on business, to enact various new Acts and to make other amendments and repeals.
Second Reading of Bill 60, An Act to proclaim the month of November Lebanese Heritage Month.
Second Reading of Bill 54, An Act to amend the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 in respect of funded services for new residents.
Debate resumes on the motion for Second Reading of Bill 59, An Act to enact a new Act with respect to home inspections and to amend various Acts with respect to financial services and consumer protection.
The Standing Committee on Justice Policy will meet to consider Bill 39, An Act to amend the Aggregate Resources Act and the Mining Act. Room 1.