Akin: Monday's byelections? Bet on red

Justin Trudeau (QMI Agency file photo)

Justin Trudeau (QMI Agency file photo)

David Akin, National Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 3:53 PM ET

Justin Trudeau's Liberals are set to have a very good Canada Day holiday, as they celebrate what are likely to be strong showings in at least three of four byelections to be held Monday.

In two ridings in Ontario and in two in Alberta, the Liberals will continue to write their "comeback" story as they seek to prove to Canadians that, despite their third-party status after a decade of decline, the Liberals -- and not the New Democrats -- are the only alternative to the Harper Conservatives in 2015.

The day will start with the Conservatives as the incumbent party in two ridings, the NDP holding one and the Liberals holding the other.

There is a very good chance the day will end with a different result.

Macleod, in the Alberta’s southeast corner, will almost surely elect a Conservative to replace the retired Conservative Ted Menzies. The real fight here was the fight among local Conservatives for the nomination.


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