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Four of five local federal ridings up in the air

LISPOP.ca projects the outcomes of all the federal ridings, locally there isn't much to separate the two major parties
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Today marks the first day of the campaign and as things stand now Waterloo Region will be a key battleground for the federal election.

LISPOP.ca (Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy) is run by Barry Kay, a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The site projects the outcomes of all the federal ridings, locally there isn't much to separate the two major parties.

LISPOP's projections have both Waterloo and Kitchener Centre as leaning slightly Liberal (5-10% lead).

The Conservatives are heavily favoured in Kitchener-Conestoga (10% lead) and are slight favorites in Cambridge.

The projection models say Kitchener South-Hespeler is too close to call right now.

Kay, who was on The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS, says that some of the key issues that will swing voters in the region are the cost of living, economy and affordable housing. 

For younger voters, he predicts the environment will play a large role in their decisions as well.

You can check out LISPOPs projection map here.




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