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PM immediately hops aboard Julian Fantino’s bandwagon

In Canada on October 12, 2010 at 14:32

Stephen Harper is wasting no time in his efforts to take away another seat from Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals.

On Friday, the Prime Minister is to attend a function with Julian Fantino – the new Conservative candidate in the federal riding of Vaughan, Ont. The former Toronto police chief, who recently retired as the commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, announced Tuesday morning he will seek the Conservative nomination for the riding.

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Vaughan is just north of Toronto. The seat was recently vacated by long-time Liberal MP and former Chrétien cabinet minister Maurizio Bevilacqua, who is seeking to become mayor in the Oct. 25 municipal elections.

Mr. Fantino is to be acclaimed at an event at the Riviera Parque in Vaughan, according to a well-placed source. He is clearly a star candidate for the Harper Conservatives, who want to expand their base in Ontario and are pursuing a tough on crime agenda.

In previous elections, the Tories have won seats around Vaughan. It is very possible that the riding is now winnable for Mr. Harper’s team.

The Prime Minister’s visit is an indication of how seriously they are taking it. There is speculation that the by-election in Vaughan riding and three other seats that are now vacant – two in Manitoba and one in B.C. – will take place in early December.

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