Scarborough-Rouge River riding by-election on Sept. 1

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Voters in the east Toronto riding of Scarborough-Rouge River will go to the polls in an Ontario by-election Sept. 1.

Premier Kathleen Wynne called the byelection today to replace former Liberal MPP Bas Balkisoon, who quit suddenly last March with no explanation.

Balkisoon has never commented publicly on his resignation, which was announced by Wynne in a news release on the same day that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford died.

The riding of Scarborough-Rouge River, which the Trinidad-born Balkisoon held since 2003, has been Liberal since it was created in 1999.

The premier did not announce a date for a byelection in Ottawa-Vanier to replace former attorney general Madeleine Meilleur, who resigned in June after the legislature rose for the summer recess.

Wynne has until December to call the byelection in Ottawa-Vanier, which has elected Liberals provincially and federally since 1971, and was represented by Meilleur since 2003.

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The Liberals still hold 57 of the 107 seats in the Ontario legislature, compared with 28 for the Progressive Conservatives and 20 for the New Democrats, so the results of the by-elections won’t make any difference to the status-quo. – CINEWS

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