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Columnist Adam Radwanski.
Columnist Adam Radwanski.
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Will OPP probe hurt Liberals on Election Day?

For senior members of Kathleen Wynne’s campaign team, it must be enough to inspire some very unpleasant flashbacks.

Nearly a decade ago, the likes of David Herle were in the midst of running Paul Martin’s second campaign at the helm of the federal Liberals when the RCMP announced (through a letter to an NDP MP) that it was conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of leaks around a policy decision about income trusts. Nobody will ever know who would have won the January 2006 election if not for that story, but Liberals believe it played a significant role in the defeat that ended their dozen years in power.