Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Michael Fortier Will Run in Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Conservative Cabinet Minister Michael Fortier has announced that he will run in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the next federal election. Fortier, who was appointed to cabinet by Stephen Harper despite not having run in the 2006 federal election, has had a difficult time finding a suitable riding in the Montreal area. Of course, in politics, suitable = winnable.

Fortier will need every federalist vote to win. Although the riding went Liberal in 1993, 1997, and 2007, the Bloc won in 2000 and again in 2006, despite the fact the Liberals ran Marc Garneau as a star candidate.

Here is a breakdown of previous election results in Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

2006

BQ 43%
LIB 28%
CON 19%
NDP 6%
GRN 4%

2004

BQ 44%
LIB 39%
CON 8%
NDP 4%
GRN 4%

1 comment:

janfromthebruce said...

After looking at those previous election numbers, I guess Michael Fortier is looking to be appointed again. The cons haven't even become a close third in this riding.
Beyond that, Fortier has run and lost in previous ridings, so his winnablity is iffy, and people won't be impressed with someone who said he couldn't be bothered to run last time. Another thing that works against him, he that he doesn't live in this riding I don't think, so I don't know how they think this is a winnable, I mean suitable riding.