Byelection results big boost for Dion
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion finally got some good news last night when Toronto voters sent former NDP premier Bob Rae and party veteran Martha Hall Findlay to Ottawa in critical byelections.
For Rae, 59, it was his ninth election campaign in federal and provincial politics and vindication of criticism by his opponents in Toronto Centre that voters wouldn’t support a political turncoat.
To mark the importance of the byelections, Dion flew to Toronto yesterday for victory parties at Rae and Hall Findlay headquarters. Both ran against him for the Liberal leadership in 2004
"I’m looking forward to making some noise in Ottawa,’ said Hall Findlay, 48, from her Willowdale headquarters.
Although yesterday’s victories don’t change their standing of 94 MPs in the House of Commons, the ridings were seen as important tests of support for Dion.
According to the bar set for Dion among some Liberals before yesterday’s vote, his party had to win a minimum of three of yesterday’s four byelections, which also included Vancouver Quadra and Desnethes-Missinippi in Saskatchewan.