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Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses while speaking about the situation in Iraq before a business roundtable meeting at IMW Industries in Chilliwack, B.C., on Wednesday August 20, 2014.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses while speaking about the situation in Iraq before a business roundtable meeting at IMW Industries in Chilliwack, B.C., on Wednesday August 20, 2014.
(DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Ontario polls swing from Harper, threatening Conservative majority

The province that handed Stephen Harper’s Conservatives a majority government in 2011 may be about to take it away, as Ontarians move from the governing Tories back towards Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

The Conservatives won 73 seats in Ontario in the 2011 federal election, the best performance of the party and its predecessors in raw seat count since 1917 and the First World War. The Tories also captured 44 per cent of the vote, their highest share since 1984 when Brian Mulroney won the largest majority government in Canadian history. It was a good year for the party.