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St. Paul’s Riding Could See Two Elections In As Many Days

One Toronto neighbourhood could be seeing two elections in as many days.

St. Paul’s has the same boundaries for both the provincial and federal polls.

Residents are already heading to the ballot box on Thursday, to replace former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant.

The MP resigned his post back in June to focus on Invest Toronto, but has since left that job. Bryant was charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death in a fatal collision involving cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard.

Meanwhile, a key budget vote is scheduled for Friday and tensions are already mounting on Parliament Hill.

The Liberals have vowed they can no longer support the minority Conservative government, which means the Tories need the help of the NDP to prop up their policies.

“I think it’s totally useless,” complained one resident.

“It’s not going to change anything and it’s just going to cost the electorate a lot of money.”

“I would love to see a change in government, love it,” outlined another.

“That being said, what is this, the fourth election in five years? So it just seems like, come on people, make a minority government work.”

Federal elections were held on June 28, 2004; January 23, 2006; and October 14, 2008. 

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