Published September 6, 2012 | 9:52 am
Toronto:Liberals are taking the byelections in Vaughan and Kitchener-Waterloo very seriously as a win in both these elections could provide a majority government for Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The Kitchener-Waterloo byelection was called after McGuinty appointed veteran Conservative Elizabeth Witmer to a $188,000 a year job as chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Liberal wins in the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo and Vaughan would give Premier Dalton McGuinty the 54 seats needed to hold a majority in the 107-seat legislature.
The Progressive Conservatives so far hold 36 seats while the NDP holds 17.
Liberals are hopeful of winning the Vaughan seat vacated by former finance minister Greg Sorbara but the real fight is expected in Kitchener-Waterloo, where a three-way race is emerging between the major parties.