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Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:24:57 GMT | By MSN.ca news
Canadian politics 2011

Battleground Ontario

Battleground Ontario. (© Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
  • Federal election 2011. (© Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press; Aaron Whitfield/The Canadian Press)
  • Death of Jack Layton. (© L-R: Chris Young/The Canadian Press; Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press; Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)
  • No harmony over sales tax in B.C.. (© Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
  • Upheaval in Alberta. (© Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
  • Wall-to-wall green in Saskatchewan. (© Liam Richards/The Canadian Press)
  • NDP win in Manitoba. (© John Woods/The Canadian Press)
  • Battleground Ontario. (© Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
  • Flooding, corruption and threats in Quebec. (© Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)
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This year's Ontario provincial election rhetoric touched on everything from health care to transit, nuclear power to homophobia. And barbeque, of course. Voters were hard-pressed to remember a tighter race. Ultimately, the electorate opted for more of Dalton McGuinty's Liberals, but just barely: with all the votes counted, the Liberals had won 53 ridings, one short of the 54 needed for a majority.

After conceding defeat, Tory Leader Tim Hudak said the result showed that voters were ambivalent. "My friends, it is very clear the people of Ontario have put Dalton McGuinty on a very short leash," he said.

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