Thursday, September 23, 2021

Forty-fivee ridings that will make or break this election.

True North’s in-house pollster Hamish Marshall has compiled the most important ridings in this election for each party. This comprehensive masterpiece is worth checking out.

20 Seats the Liberals Need

Vancouver Granville

Currently: Independent
Gap in 2019: 6%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This is a strip of Vancouver that runs through the middle of the city. It’s prosperous with stratospheric property prices and a significant Chinese-Canadian community. It should be a reasonably safe Liberal seat, but Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Justice minister who quit the Liberals over the SNC-Lavalin scandal won it as an independent in 2019. She’s not running again, so the Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed should win relatively easily, but it remains an important step on Trudeau’s path to a majority.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 14,088 Taleeb Noormohamed
CPC 11,605 Kailin Che
NDP 6,960 Anjali Appadurai
GPC 2,683 Imtiaz Popat
PPC 431 Damian Jewett

La Prairie

Currently: Bloc
MP: Alain Therrien
Gap in 2019: 5.2%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

One of the most reliable Liberal seats off the Island of Montreal on the south shore, it was picked up by the Bloc Quebecois in 2019. It’s a mix of suburbs and rural areas with small but significant English speaking and Italian populations. The Liberals need to over come a 5.2% margin of victory by the BQ to take it back.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
BLOC 25,707 Alain Therrien
LPC 22,504 Caroline Desrochers
CPC 5,540 Lise des Greniers
NDP 4,744 L. Victoria Hernandez Garcia
GPC 2,565 Barbara Joannette
PPC 393 Ruth Fontaine

Rivière-des-Mille-Îles

Currently: Bloc
MP: Luc Desilets
Gap in 2019: 4.5%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

North shore suburban greater Montreal riding which should be a BQ stronghold, but the Liberals won in 2015. The BQ took it back with Luc Desilets in 2019, but the former Liberal MP (and former ADQ MNA) Linda Lapointe is back for the rematch. The BQ wants to gain seats from the Liberals in this election, but the Liberals will make them play defence in this seat.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
BLOC 23,629 Luc Desilets
LPC 21,009 Linda Lapointe
NDP 5,002 Joseph Hakizimana
CPC 4,684 Marc Duffy-Vincelette
GPC 3,015 TBD
PPC 845 Hans Roker Jr.

Longueuil—Saint-Hubert

Currently: Bloc
MP: Denis Trudel
Gap in 2019: 4.3%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

South shore suburban greater Montreal seat that is increasingly ethnically diverse. One in six people is a visible minority. Despite the Liberals not having won here since 1980, they were only 4.3% behind the BQ. The former NDP MP ran for the Greens in the last election and overperformed. The BQ and the Liberals will be battling for those former NDP/Green votes and whoever wins them, will win the riding.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
BLOC 23,061 Denis Trudel
LPC 20,471 Florence Gagnon
GPC 6,745 Simon King
NDP 5,104 Robert Morin
CPC 3,779 Boukare Tall
PPC 467 TBD

Shefford

Currently: Bloc
MP: Andréanne Larouche
Gap in 2019: 1.47%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This rural slice of the Eastern Townships is a knife fight between the Liberals and the BQ. The BQ won by less than 1.5% in 2019 and the former Liberal MP Pierre Breton is attempting a comeback. This seat has a long history of changing parties, so expect it to be a must win for the Liberals and a must-hold for the Bloc.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
BLOC 23,503 Andréanne Larouche
LPC 22,605 Pierre Breton
CPC 7,495 Céline Lalancette
NDP 3,705 Patrick Jasmin
GPC 2,814 TBD
PPC 497 Gerda Scheider

St. John’s East

Currently: NDP
Gap in 2019: 13.72%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

The northern parts of the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador have a history with the NDP. Jack Harris won in 2019 and had previously held the seat from 2008 to 2015. But he is not running again this time. The Liberals would dearly like a clean sweep of the province again and the NDP needs to hold on if they want to grow their seat count.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
NDP 21,148 Mary Shortall
LPC 14,962 Joanne Thompson
CPC 8,141 Glenn Etchegary
GPC 821 TBD
PPC TBD

Nunavut

Currently: NDP
Gap in 2019: 9.9%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

By some measures this is the largest electoral district in the world and it’s very difficult to predict who will win. Conservatives won in 2008 and 2011, the Liberals in 2015 and the NDP in 2019. The NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq who was an up-and-coming star in their caucus, is not running again citing racism. So, it’s anyone’s game and all three major parties will be targeting this seat.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
NDP 3,861 Lori Idlout
LPC 2,918 Patricia Jane Angnakak
CPC 2,469 Laura Mackenzie
GPC 206 TBD
PPC Nathan Jewett

Fredericton

Currently: Liberal
MP: Jenica Atwin
Gap in 2019: 3.3%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

New Brunswick’s capital is going to be a fascinating race. In 2019, it was a close three-way fight with the Greens just edging out the Conservatives and the Liberals. But that Green MP Jenica Atwin defected to the Liberals this spring. The Conservatives still think they can win it and the Greens, despite their internal issues, have a strong base in the city. If Atwin can hold on as a Liberal, it’s an important step on their path to a majority.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
GPC 16,640 Nicole O'Byrne
CPC 15,011 Andrea Johnson
LPC 13,544 Jenica Atwin
NDP 2,946 TBD
PPC 776 Sharon Bradley-Munn

Kenora

Currently: Conservative
MP: Eric Melillo
Gap in 2019: 4.1%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

The top-left corner of Ontario is a mix of small remote communities and a few larger forestry-centred towns. It tends to follow the winning party in Ottawa. It was a surprise when the Conservatives won it in 2019 with 34% of the vote. Both the Liberals and the NDP were close behind, and if one of them can become the alternative to the Conservatives they will take it. High on the target list of both the NDP and Liberals.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 9,313 Eric Melillo
LPC 8,188 David Bruno
NDP 7,781 Janine Seymour
GPC 1,475 Remi Rheault
PPC 382 Craig Martin

Port Moody—Coquitlam

Currently: Conservative
MP: Nelly Shin
Gap in 2019: 0.28%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This portion of suburban Greater Vancouver has one of the biggest Korean-Canadian communities in Canada. That’s one of the reasons Conservative MP Nelly Shin was able to win in 2019. It was a very tight three-way fight with the Conservatives, NDP and Liberals – all within 2% of each other. This is a top target for both the Liberals and NDP and a crucial hold for the Conservatives.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 16,855 Nelly Shin
NDP 16,702 Bonita Zarrillo
LPC 15,695 Will Davis
GPC 3,873 TBD
PPC 821 Desta McPherson

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River

Currently: Conservative
MP: Gary Vidal
Gap in 2019: 13.9%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This enormous riding covers the northern half of Saskatchewan and is almost the size of Germany. It’s a mix of farming areas in the south and Indigenous communities further north. The Conservatives gained it from the NDP in 2019, but the Liberal candidate puts it at play. Buckley Belanger has been an NDP MLA for 26 years, and if anyone can unite the Liberal and NDP votes to defeat Gary Vidal, the Tory MP, it is Belanger.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 11,531 Gary Vidal
NDP 7,741 Harmonie King
LPC 7,225 Buckley Belanger
GPC 543 Nasser Dean Chalifoux
PPC 217 TBD

Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill

Currently: Conservative
MP: Leona Alleslev
Gap in 2019: 2%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

Leona Alleslev narrowly won this seat as a Liberal in 2015, but crossed the floor to the Conservatives three years later. In 2019, Alleslev held on as a Tory by 2% of the vote. This York Region seat is a typical greater Toronto suburbia of detached homes, GO Train commuters and big box stores. The Conservatives need to hold this seat and win many more like it.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 23,568 Leona Alleslev
LPC 22,508 Leah Taylor Roy
NDP 3,820 TBD
GPC 2,154 Ceylan Borgers
PPC 530 Anthony Siskos

Niagara Falls

Currently: Conservative
MP: Tony Baldinelli
Gap in 2019: 2.95%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

The seat includes the working-class city of Niagara Falls and the old-time charm of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Long-held by former Conservative senior Cabinet Minister Rob Nicholson, there was an expectation that the Liberals would take it when he retired in 2019. But the Tories held it with Tony Baldinelli by 3%. Liberal candidate Andrea Kaiser is coming after the seat hard.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 24,751 Tony Baldinelli
LPC 22,690 Andrea Kaiser
NDP 12,566 Brian Barker
GPC 3,404 Melanie Holm
PPC 968 Peter Taras

Cloverdale—Langley City

Currently: Conservative
MP: Tamara Jansen
Gap in 2019: 2.51%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

Suburban and exurban Greater Vancouver south of the Fraser – Cloverdale used to have a rodeo feel, but it is now single family homes and townhouses like everywhere else. It was traditionally Tory territory until the Liberals surprisingly won in 2015. Conservative Tamara Jansen won it back in 2019 by less than 3%. The former Liberal MP John Aldag is on the hunt to take it back. This seat is near the top of the Liberals’ targets in BC.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 20,936 Tamara Jansen
LPC 19,542 John Aldag
NDP 10,508 Rajesh Jayaprakash
PPC 930 Ian Kennedy

Flamborough–Glanbrook

Currently: Conservative
Gap in 2019: 2.64%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

The rural and exurban area surrounding Hamilton should be safe Conservative territory. However, David Sweet, the Tory MP and former Caucus Chair who represented the area since 2006 is not running again. Sweet only won by 2.6% and the Liberals are running Vito Sgro, a failed Hamilton mayoral candidate who opposed light rail projects.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 24,527 Dan Muys
LPC 22,875 Vito Sgro
NDP 10,322 Lorne Newick
GPC 3,833 Thomas Hatch
PPC 982 Bill Panchyshyn

West Nova

Currently: Conservative
MP: Chris d'Entremont
Gap in 2019: 2.92%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

The southwestern corner of Nova Scotia is a mix of fishing villages, farmland, with a significant French-speaking Acadian minority. While not traditionally seen as a particularly Conservative area, it was the only seat in Nova Scotia the Conservatives gained from the Liberals in 2019. The Liberals need to win it back to gain their majority.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 18,390 Chris d'Entremont
LPC 17,025 Alxys Chamberlain
GPC 5,939 TBD
NDP 5,010 TBD
PPC Scott Spidle

Northumberland—Peterborough South

Currently: Conservative
MP: Philip Lawrence
Gap in 2019: 3.5%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

Northumberland—Peterborough South is a collection of small towns and rolling farmland east of Toronto with an increasing number of commuters into the city. It leans Conservative but with a tendency to go Liberals when they are doing well. Conservative MP Philip Lawrence took it from the Liberals by 3.5% in 2019. The trends of white collar workers leaving Toronto to work from rural areas may mean this riding is shifting more towards the Liberals.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 27,385 Philip Lawrence
LPC 24,977 Alison Lester
NDP 9,615 Kim McArthur-Jackson
PPC 1,460 Nathan Lang

Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingly

Currently: Conservative
MP: Marty Morantz
Gap in 2019: 5.2%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

The western slice of Winnipeg is a mix of high, medium and low-income neighbourhoods. It’s a traditional Liberal/Conservative battleground. The Tory MP Marty Morantz is going head-to-head with the Liberal he beat by 5% in 2019 – Doug Eyolfson. This seat is at the top of the Liberals’ pick-up list in Manitoba and one of the few seats they can realistically gain in the prairies.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 18,815 Marty Morantz
LPC 16,398 Doug Eyolfson
NDP 6,556 TBD
GPC 2,178 Vanessa Parks
PPC 1,975 Angela Van Hussen

Hastings—Lennox and Addington

Currently: Conservative
Gap in 2019: 4.3%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

A rural riding in Eastern Ontario stretching between Belleville and Kingston was a surprise gain by the Liberals in 2015. The Conservatives won it back in 2019 with Derek Sloan. Sloan would go on to run a social conservative campaign for the party leadership and eventually be kicked out of caucus by Erin O’Toole. The Liberals need to overturn Sloan’s 4% margin to take it back. The Conservative candidate Shelby Kramp-Neuman is municipal councillor and daughter of the former Tory MP.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 21,968 Shelby Kramp-Neuman
LPC 19,721 Mike Bossio
NDP 6,984 TBD
GPC 3,114 TBD
PPC 1,307 James Babcock

South Surrey—White Rock

Currently: Conservative
MP: Kerry-Lynne Findlay
Gap in 2019: 4.5%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

A mix of Greater Vancouver suburbia and the retirement beach town of White Rock, South Surrey—White Rock has long been a Conservative stronghold. Right of centre parties held this higher income seat from 1974 until the Liberals stole it in a by-election in 2017. Gordie Hogg, the long time MLA won it for the Liberals in that by-election but lost it to former Conservative cabinet minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay in 2019. They are both running again for another rematch.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 24,310 Kerry-Lynne Findlay
LPC 21,692 Gordie Hogg
NDP 6,716 June Liu
PPC 852 Gary Jensen

12 Tory Targets

Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam

Currently: Liberal
MP: Ron McKinnon
Gap in 2019: 0.68%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This riding in the eastern suburbs of Vancouver is a combination of the high-income Westwood Plateau and more working-class Port Coquitlam. Formerly the riding of Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, it was one of the closest races in 2019 with the Liberals defeating the Conservatives by 390 votes. This is a must win for the Conservatives if they have any path to victory.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 20,178 Ron McKinnon
CPC 19,788 Katerina Anastasiadis
NDP 13,383 Laura Dupont
GPC 4,025 TBD
PPC 703 Kimberly Brundell

Miramichi—Grand Lake

Currently: Liberal
MP: Lisa Harris
Gap in 2019: 1.07%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

A mostly rural Anglophone riding in eastern New Brunswick centred on Miramichi. The Conservatives only lost it in 2019 by less than 400 votes. This time both parties have new candidates, both MLAs and former Cabinet Ministers. Lisa Harris will defend the seat for the Liberals while Jake Skinner is trying to take it for the Conservatives. In 2019 the PPC took over 1,000 votes letting the Liberals win, will do they do the same again?

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 12,722 Lisa Harris
CPC 12,352 Jake Stewart
GPC 3,914 Patricia Deitch
NDP 2,875 TBD
PPC 1,179 Ron Nowlan

Fleetwood—Port Kells

Currently: Liberal
MP: Ken Hardie
Gap in 2019: 3.9%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

Eastern Surrey had historically been a strong Conservative area, but Liberal Ken Hardie won in 2015 and hung on in 2019. The population is 30% Indo-Canadians with significant minorities of Canadians of Chinese and Filipino descent as well. The Conservatives are running Dave Hayer, a long-time former MLA with a strong record in the area. He needs to overcome a 4% Liberal margin of victory.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 18,545 Ken Hardie
CPC 16,646 Dave Hayer
NDP 10,569 Rajpreet Toor
GPC 2,378 Perry Denure
PPC 1,104 Amrit Birring

Winnipeg South

Currently: Liberal
MP: Terry Duguid
Gap in 2019: 3.46%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

The Conservatives don’t have a lot of room to grow on the Prairies but if they pick up one seat, it will be this suburban slice of southern Winnipeg. Conservative candidate Melanie Maher lost to Liberal MP Terry Duguid by less than 4% last time and is back for a rematch. If the NDP gains a few points from the Liberals, the split could hand the riding to the Conservatives.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 20,182 Terry Duguid
CPC 18,537 Melanie Maher
NDP 6,678 Aiden Kahanovitch
GPC 2,073 TBD
PPC 419 Byron Gryba

Peterborough—Kawartha

Currently: Liberal
MP: Maryam Monsef
Gap in 2019: 4.36%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

Long seen as a bellwether riding which elects members from the governing party, this regional centre and swath of farmland is an important symbol for all parties. The Liberal MP, Maryam Monsef, weathered scandals to win by less than 5% in 2019. This time the Conservatives will try to take it with former TV host, Michelle Ferreri. It’s on their must win list.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 27,400 Maryam Monsef
CPC 24,357 Michelle Ferreri
NDP 11,872 Joy Lachica
GPC 4,930 Chanté White
PPC 890 Paul Lawton

Saint John—Rothesay

Currently: Liberal
MP: Wayne Long
Gap in 2019: 3.48%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This seat is made up of the New Brunswick shipbuilding city of Saint John and its rich suburb of Rothesay. Conservatives have done well here in the past, but the Liberals won it easily in 2015. Liberal MP, Wayne Long, was able to hold on by on 3.5% in 2019. Now the Conservatives have former Mayor and New Brunswick PC leadership candidate Mel Norton as their candidate trying to stop Long from winning a third time.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 15,443 Wayne Long
CPC 14,006 Mel Norton
NDP 5,046 TBD
GPC 4,165 TBD
PPC 1,260 Nicholas Pereira

Bonavista—Burin—Trinity

Currently: Liberal
MP: Churence Rogers
Gap in 2019: 6.2%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This seat is made up of strings of fishing villages and outports along the Burin peninsula and the shores of Trinity and Bonavista bays in central Newfoundland. The Liberals won over 80% of the vote in 2015, but in one of the surprises of 2019, only kept the seat out of Conservative hands by about 6%. It’s a rematch with Liberal MP, Churence Rogers trying to hold off Sharon Vokey of the Conservatives.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 14,707 Churence Rogers
CPC 12,697 Sharon Vokey
NDP 3,855 TBD
GPC 920 TBD
PPC Linda Hogan

Kitchener—Conestoga

Currently: Liberal
MP: Tim Louis
Gap in 2019: 0.7%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

A combination of suburban Kitchener with some rural townships has created a riding with razor-thin margins. It often defies trends, with Conservatives stopping the Liberal tide in 2015 to win by less than 300 votes, when the Liberals were losing their majority in 2019, they stole this seat by less than 400 votes. Long-time Conservative MP Harold Albrecht is not running again so they are trying their luck with Carlene Hawley to defeat Liberal MP Tim Louis.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 20,480 Tim Louis
CPC 20,115 Carlene Hawley
NDP 5,204 TBD
GPC 4,946 TBD
PPC 790 Kevin Dupuis

Richmond Hill

Currently: Liberal
MP: Majid Jowhari
Gap in 2019: 0.42%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

An affluent suburb north of Toronto it is home to one of the largest Chinese-Canadian communities in the country. This is why the Conservatives almost won it in 2019, losing by only 212 votes. The Liberal MP, Majid Jowhari, who has been attacked being too pro-Tehran, has strong support in the Persian-Canadian community who make up about one in ten voters. Former Conservative MP Costas Menegakis is taking another shot at winning the seat back.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 21,804 Majid Jowhari
CPC 21,592 Kostas Menagakis
NDP 4,425 Adam DeVita
GPC 1,695 TBD
PPC 507 Igor Tvorogov

King—Vaughan

Currently: Liberal
MP: Deb Shulte
Gap in 2019: 1.8%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

Suburban and exurban developments and acreages north of Toronto make for swing ridings. The Liberals barely held on in 2019 by less than 2%. The Conservative challenger who nearly won then was Anna Roberts, a municipal leader. She’s back to take on Liberal MP and Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte. This is the sort of seat the Conservatives cannot form government without.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 28,725 Deb Shulte
CPC 27,584 Anna Roberts
NDP 4,297 TBD
GPC 2,511 TBD
PPC 731 TBD

Egmont

Currently: Liberal
MP: Bobby Morrissey
Gap in 2019: 5.37%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This riding makes up the western third of PEI including the city of Summerside. It’s been Conservative in the past but long-time Liberal MLA Bobby Morrissey has been the MP since 2015. The Conservatives lost by less than 6% in 2019 and it is their best chance for a pick-up on Prince Edward Island in this election.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 8,016 Bobby Morrissey
CPC 6,934 Barry Balsom
GPC 3,998 Alex Clark
NDP 1,230 TBD
PPC Wayne Biggar

Yukon

Currently: Liberal
Gap in 2019: 0.8%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

Despite the goldrush territory’s significant conservative base, the Liberals have held it for most of this century. In 2019, Larry Bagnell, the long-time Liberal MP, defeat Conservative Jonas Smith by only 153 votes. Bagnell retired and Smith looked to be in the poll position. But the Liberals have nominated Brendan Hanley, who was the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health through the COVID crisis, and the Conservatives banned Smith from running due to his opposition to mandatory vaccines. Will the Conservatives snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, or will their last minute candidate win anyway?

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
LPC 7,034 Brendan Hanley
CPC 6,881 Barbara Dunlop
NDP 4,617 Lisa Vollans-Leduc
GPC 2,201 Lenore Morris
PPC 284 TBD
INDP Jonas Smith

8 Interesting Races

Edmonton Centre

Currently: Conservative
MP: James Cumming
Gap in 2019: 8%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

Downtown Edmonton with some of the nearer suburbs is always a swing seat. The Liberals held it through the Chretien/Martin years and the Conservatives won it when Harper was PM. Liberal Randy Boissonnault won it in 2015 defeating Conservative James Cumming. In their rematch in 2019 Cumming won. Now they are running against each other for the third time. The NDP runs a strong third here and a strong showing by them could prevent the Liberals from regaining the seat.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 22,006 James Cumming
LPC 17,524 Randy Boissonnault
NDP 10,959 Heather MacKenzie
PPC 805 Brock Crocker

Calgary-Skyview

Currently: Conservative
MP: Jag Sahota
Gap in 2019: 24%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

The northeast corner of Calgary is the most diverse riding in the city. The population is 37% Indo-Canadian and there are other communities from all over the globe. This riding has a strong progressive history at the municipal and provincial level and Trudeau won it in 2015. Conservative MP Jag Shaota won it back in 2019, but the Liberals are running hard with popular councilor George Chahal as their candidate.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 26,533 Jag Sahota
LPC 14,327 George Chahal
NDP 7,540 Gurinder Singh Gill
GPC 800 Janna So
PPC 603 Harry Dhillon

Banff-Airdrie

Currently: Conservative
MP: Blake Richards
Gap in 2019: 61%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

This riding stretches from the Calgary bedroom communities of Airdrie and Cochrane through the foothills to Banff National Park in the Rockies. It has been represented by the Conservative Whip, Blake Richards since 2008, who won by almost 60% in 2019. The reason it's on the list is that Derek Sloan, the former Conservative leadership candidate, has left his Ontario riding to run here as an independent. Both the Maverick Party and the PPC are running candidates as well. Will the vote split or will Richards romp to victory once again?

2019 Result 2021 Candidate
CPC 55,504 Blake Richards
LPC 8,425 David Gamble
NDP 8,185 Sarah Zagoda
GPC 3,315 Aidan Blum
PPC 2,651 Nadine Wellwood
INDP Derek Sloan

Niagara Centre

Currently: Liberal
MP: Vance Badawey
Gap in 2019: 3.98%
WHY IT'S INTERESTING

If there is a seat which will test the blue-collar appeal of all three main parties it is Niagara Centre. The seat is made up of the industrial communities along the Welland Canal. What was thought to be a safe Liberal seat in 2019 was closer than they expected with the Conservatives only 4% behind and the NDP not far behind them. Look for a vicious fight as all three parties battle for this key seat.

2019 Result 2021 Candidate