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  Fixed [election] date sends Ontario into year-long campaign
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Last EditedMonsieur  Dec 26, 2006 08:56am
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News DateTuesday, December 26, 2006 02:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTORONTO -- It promises to be a year of firsts in Ontario politics, with the Liberals not only facing the first fixed-election date in the province's history, but doing it from the government benches for the first time in 17 years.

And if that sounds daunting, it's nothing compared to what they're hoping to accomplish Oct. 4, 2007: forming the first back-to-back Liberal governments in Ontario in 70 years.

On the other side of the legislative chamber, John Tory is facing a new challenge of his own -- his first provincial election campaign since he took over the helm of the Ontario Conservatives from predecessor Ernie Eves.

The Liberals are likely to remind voters about the big investments they've made since 2003 in health care and education, and will boast of bringing labour peace to Ontario schools after years of strikes and lockouts under the man Eves replaced, former Conservative Premier Mike Harris.
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