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Ruling Liberals Lose Seat in Special Election

May 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Canada's ruling Liberals narrowly lost a parliamentary seat in a special election, but the defeat did not loosen the government's grip on power.

The right-wing Conservatives won 33% of the vote in the constituency of Perth-Middlesex, while the Liberals won 30%. The Conservatives now have 15 seats in the 301-seat House of Commons, where they are the fourth-largest party. The Liberals under Prime Minister Jean Chretien have 169 seats.

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