Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal-Byelections

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal-Byelections

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OTTAWA - There's no change in the House of Commons party standings following five byelections last night.

As expected, the Liberals held on to three strongholds in Ontario and Quebec while the Conservatives retained two seats they were expected to win in Alberta.

In the Toronto-area riding of Markham-Thornhill, Liberal candidate and former P-M-O staffer Mary Ng defeated her main rival (Ragavan Paranchothy) by a margin of nearly 25-hundred votes after her Conservative rival made a strong early showing.

Markham-Thornhill is a Liberal stronghold that was held by former cabinet minister John McCallum.

In Ottawa-Vanier, the N-D-P's Emilie Taman took nearly 30 per cent of the vote, but Mona Fortier held the riding for the Liberals with about 50 per cent of the ballots cast.

Ottawa-Vanier was held by former Liberal cabinet minister Mauril Belanger, who died last year. …

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