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space Election 2000, Features -- Bellwether

Bellwether: The view from Orangeville

If the Canadian Alliance is to make inroads in Ontario this federal election, it will have to do so in ridings like Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey. Globe and Mail reporter John Gray will be visiting it occasionally over the course of the campaign to measure its mood.

Nov. 27:
Orangeville voters are not amused

Leaders (except Joe Clark) should squirm at what voters in this traditional bellwether riding have to say, John Gray reports.

Oct. 30:
One's unknown, the other's well worn

If the leaders of any of Canada's federal political parties had found themselves on the streets of Orangeville, Ont. Sunday, they would not have found it a flattering experience.

Oct. 23:
John Gray visits Orangeville

When Jean Chrétien decided to call the federal election for Nov. 27, he was probably thinking of Canada as Orangeville writ large.
Map: Riding of Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey

Area: 3,514 sq. km.
Population: 110,571
Population, 1997: 98,460
Est. eligible voters: 73,554
Eligible voters, 1997: 73,860
Voter turnout, 1997: 66.9%

1997 election results:
Liberals: 20,957
Reform: 14,760
PC: 11,089
NDP: 2,355

Provincial elections: A Progressive Conservative was elected here in 1995 and 1999. Captured about two-thirds of the vote in both elections.

Source: Elections Canada, Elections Ontario

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Party E T
LIB 172 172
CA* 67 67
PC 12 12
BQ 38 38
NDP* 12 12
* Updated since recount:

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