CAW Identifies Key Ridings that Could Determine Election Outcome

October 9, 2008, 3:00 PM EST

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The CAW has identified 40 very close ridings in English Canada which could determine the outcome of the October 14 federal election. It is these ridings which will determine whether Stephen Harper's Conservatives win the election, and with what form of mandate (minority or majority).

These 40 ridings reflect close two-way races between a Conservative and one of the opposition parties. In general, these ridings were determined by less than five percentage points of the popular vote in the 2006 election. Half of the 40 ridings identified are in Ontario.

"Our goal is to put Mr. Harper on the unemployment line, right beside the hundreds of thousands of workers who've lost their jobs under his government," CAW President Ken Lewenza said.  Since the Harper government was elected in January 2006, Canada has lost nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs - including almost 20,000 jobs in the struggling auto industry.

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