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Toronto-St. Paul’s By-Election Set to Gauge Liberal Fortunes

Toronto, Ontario – In a move that will shape the political landscape, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that a crucial by-election will be held in the federal riding of Toronto-St. Paul’s on June 24.

The announcement follows former cabinet minister Carolyn Bennett’s decision last year to step away from the political arena after an illustrious 26-year tenure representing the riding. Bennett’s departure marked the end of an era characterized by dedicated service under three prime ministers, including a notable stint as the Crown-Indigenous relations minister from 2015 to 2021. Her subsequent appointment as Canada’s ambassador to Denmark underscored her significant contributions to Canadian politics.

Stepping into this electoral fray is Leslie Church, a seasoned Liberal stalwart and former chief of staff to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Church’s nomination signals the Liberal Party’s commitment to retaining Toronto-St. Paul’s as a stronghold amid shifting political dynamics.

Challenging the Liberal dominance are Don Stewart, representing the Conservative Party, and Amrit Parhar, the candidate for the New Democratic Party (NDP). With each contender vying for support in a riding historically characterized by Liberal victories, the upcoming by-election is poised to be a closely watched contest.

Despite Toronto-St. Paul’s traditionally favoring the Liberal Party, the outcome of this by-election carries far-reaching implications. As political pundits speculate on the trajectory of Liberal fortunes, the results on June 24 are expected to serve as a crucial indicator ahead of the anticipated general election slated for next year.

Advance voting, scheduled from June 14 to June 17, offers constituents an early opportunity to weigh in on the future representation of Toronto-St. Paul’s. With the stage set for a closely contested race, all eyes are on this pivotal electoral battleground, where the pulse of Canadian politics will be measured come June 24.

GTA Today will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of the Toronto-St. Paul’s by-election, delivering timely updates and insights into the unfolding political landscape. Stay tuned for further developments as the countdown to June 24 begins.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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