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Wynne, Trudeau join campaign trail as byelection nears

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne at Chrystia Freeland's Toronto Centre campaign headquarters, Nov. 23, 2013. CITYNEWS

Toronto Centre Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland got some big backing on the final leg of her campaign trail Saturday.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke with supporters at Freeland’s King and Church street area campaign headquarters.

“To see (people) stepping up and coming forward in our positive campaign, refusing the negativity, saying we can do better by pulling together around Chrystia has just been wonderful,” said Trudeau, who has appeared heavily on campaign ads and fliers for Freeland.

Wynne said the showing of support reflects her hope of having all levels of government working together for a better province and country.

“I think what’s really important is that we have a national government that’s willing to work with the provinces in a collaborative way,” said Wynne. “To have a government that’s willing to work with the province and thinks nationally about things like transit and child care and retirement security. That’s what we need in Ottawa.”

 

Freeland is fighting a tight race with NDP candidate Linda McQuaig for the highly-sought riding, which had been held by Liberal MP Bob Rae since 2008. Rae stepped down on July 31 but returned Saturday to speak at Freeland’s campaign headquarters.

“It’s been a very, very wonderful thing to see the streets come alive and people come alive for a wonderful new candidate,” said Rae.

Conservative candidate Geoff Pollack and John Deverell of the Green Party are also running in the Toronto Centre riding.

Voters will head to the polls on Monday.

Three other byelections will also be held that day, one in the Montreal area and two in Manitoba.

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