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Liberal candidate Rolf Dinsdale greets supporters at his party during a tight by-election in the Brandon-Souris area of Manitoba on Nov. 25, 2013. Mr. Dinsdale would wind up losing the by-election seat to the Conservative candidate, Larry Maguire.
Liberal candidate Rolf Dinsdale greets supporters at his party during a tight by-election in the Brandon-Souris area of Manitoba on Nov. 25, 2013. Mr. Dinsdale would wind up losing the by-election seat to the Conservative candidate, Larry Maguire.
(TREVOR HAGAN/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The good and bad news from the Liberals’ by-election loss in Brandon

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The Liberals hold two seats across the Canadian prairies. With that in mind, the party’s losses in Manitoba’s by-elections this week might not seem surprising. So why does Liberal candidate Rolf Dinsdale feel, in his words, like a climber who turned back with Mount Everest’s peak in sight? Because his riding was winnable.