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PM Sets Byelections For Nov. 9

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday that four byelections will be held Nov. 9.

The four ridings are in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

The Conservatives are downplaying expectations on the outcomes, with one party source saying they don’t expect to win any of the races.

The two ridings up for grabs in Quebec – one in Montreal and the other an eastern riding that includes Riviere-du-Loup – are Bloc Quebecois strongholds.

A third riding in the Vancouver-area was held by the NDP.

The fourth in Nova Scotia, was held by former Conservative-turned Independent Bill Casey, who split with the party.