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article imageCanada: NDP candidate drops out of the race to support Liberals

By KJ Mullins     Mar 30, 2011 in Politics
NDP Ryan Dolby was running in the Elgin—Middlesex—London riding but has dropped out in order to support the Liberal party. His decision came in an effort to stop the Conservatives from getting a majority of the votes.
Dolby had been in talks with the Liberals before making his announcement. It's a bold move by the Liberal Party to get NDP candidates to back their party to change the government. He did not speak to his party before making the announcement according to News 1130.
NDP leader Jack Layton has said that there will be a new candidate for the riding within two days.
The Toronto Star quoted Layton:
“I think the voters are going to take a look at Mr. Ignatieff and they’re going to take a look at me and they’re going to make a decision based on who is really going to stand up to Mr. Harper, who is really going to take him on?” Layton said.
Liberal party leader Michael Ignatieff and Conservative party leader Stephen Harper have both stated on television that final vote will be between the two parties. The Montreal Gazette quotes Harper:
"We could also have a debate between Mr. Ignatieff and myself, since, after all, the real choice in this election is a choice between a Conservative government or an Ignatieff-led government that all of these other parties will support."
NPD Layton was not surprised by Harper's statement reports the Toronto Star saying that it is “a further step against the concept of democracy.”
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