The Peel Region is seat-rich which explains why all political parties end up paying a disproportionate amount of attention.
This truism is even more applicable to the 2018 vote, where a new electoral map boosts the number of ridings in the 905, made up of Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions. It now accounts for 29 seats, nearly one-quarter of those up for grabs provincewide.
The 905’s influence on the overall seat count is one of the key reasons why pollsters and the CBC’s Poll Tracker suggest that if the two parties finish neck-and-neck in the popular vote, the PCs under Doug Ford would be more likely than the NDP under Andrea Horwath to win the election.
The NDP won just two seats in the 905 in the 2014 election: Oshawa and Bramalea-Gore-Malton. The New Democratic candidates finished third in every other race in the 905, with the sole exception of Brampton-Springdale.
As things stand, pollsters are predicting a Liberal route in the 905 save for a miraculous change of fortune.
The NDP has seen its popularity surge in Brampton while the PCs appear strong across York region and Halton region.
The races appear to be close in four of Mississauga’s six seats, but overall it is the PCs who are the favorites. If things go according to polling data, then the PCs could well scoop more than 20 of the 29 seats in the region.
June 7th will be the day history is made in this province and millions will be watching and waiting for the poll outcome.