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Scott Stinson: Ontario byelection split means consolation prize for all parties

All the usual caveats about overestimating the significance of byelection results still apply, of course, but that won’t stop all three parties from claiming significant victory on Thursday night.

Kathleen Wynne can take solace in having not been shut out, but no one was predicting that the Premier would be restricted to such a consolation prize when the five races were called less than a month ago. The timing of election day, falling on the day before a summer long weekend, was conveniently favourable to the government — low turnout tends to benefit the incumbent party in byelections — and Ms. Wynne had so far limited the damage from McGuinty-era controversies by trying to draw distinctions between her office and the one that preceded it.

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