So what did we learn from the results of the Ottawa-Vanier byelection?
We discovered that the provincial Liberals can win one of their most secure ridings. Some people thought that wouldn’t happen. It did.
So that shows the Liberals are not in desperate shape now. Had they lost, look out. However Premier Kathleen Wynne should not be out looking for corporate directorships.
We also know that Nathalie Des Rosiers beat a very good candidate in Tory Andre Marin, the former provincial ombudsman. Lawyer extraordinaire Des Rosiers herself is a very qualified candidate.
So what does this all mean?
Pundits are saying the Liberals are unpopular but then polling has been so bad in recent years it’s very hard to know.
We can conclude that the Liberals can win in a stronghold so they still have some resilence. But that’s about all we really know from this.
There’s very little to learn. The Grits can win a very secure stronghold.
Now if Marin had won, it would have shown extreme Liberal weakness. That didn’t happen.
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