Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced byelections for four vacant ridings Sunday – two in the Toronto area and two in Alberta – but not, however, for the Tory riding vacated by the death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty.
Voters in Fort McMurray-Athabasca, Macleod, Scarborough-Agincourt and Trinity-Spadina will head to the polls June 30.
The Prime Minister’s Office has said it’s waiting to hold a byelection in Flaherty’s Whitby-Oshawa riding east of Toronto out of respect for his family. (A cynic might note this also means the Tories needn’t campaign to hold a Tory riding during a provincial election, while both the Liberals and NDP will be)
To get a sense of how these byelection battles could play out, here’s a granular look at how each one voted in the 2011 federal election.
Interactives: Type in your postal code to see the polling station closest to you, or click and drag to move around. Double click to zoom; click a coloured polygon for more details on how people in that polling station voted.
The drop-down menus let you explore plurality winner, support for each party and overall turnout.
Scarborough-Agincourt could be closer than the Liberals would like: Their grip on the popular vote has been slipping as Tories gained ground in this riding.2011 poll-level results: Scarborough-Agincourt »
2011 poll-level results: Scarborough-Agincourt
Trinity-Spadina, too, could be more competitive than expected, pitting veteran councillor Adam Vaughan (Liberal) against relative political newbie Joe Cressy in Olivia Chow’s old riding.2011 poll-level results: Trinity-Spadina »
2011 poll-level results: Trinity-Spadina
It’s probably safe to say these two Alberta ridings are Tory locks:2011 poll-level results: Fort McMurray-Athabasca »