Voters in four ridings spread across the country go to the polls Monday in federal byelections that will provide a midterm report card on Justin Trudeau's Liberal government and present another tough electoral test for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
Two of the ridings holding byelections — in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador — were last held by Liberals. The other two ridings, in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, were won by the Conservatives in 2015.
The byelection contests are happening in:
- Bonavista–Burin–Trinity in Newfoundland, last held by Liberal Judy Foote.
- Scarborough–Agincourt in Ontario, last held by Liberal Arnold Chan.
- Battlefords–Lloydminster in Saskatchewan, last held by Conservative Gerry Ritz.
- South Surrey–White Rock in B.C., last held by Conservative Dianne Watts.
What to watch as Trudeau, Scheer face test in 4 byelections - Politics - CBC News
Most of the analysis I've read (including the one I linked to) says that the BC seat is the only toss up. As far as I can remember South Surrey-White Rock in BC has been strongly conservative. I'd see the seat flipping in a byelection as an upset but it would be easily explained away as an off-year anomaly. If the Liberals won White Rock this year, I wouldn't count out the Conservatives taking it back in 2019. Other ridings I'm not familiar with. Maybe other forum members know about those areas.
The pundit narrative is the usual test of leadership. Trudeau is two years in power as PM, so it's a performance review while Scheer and Singh are newly minted leaders. Byelection coverage tends towards over-analysis, but it's still fun.