|I think Naqvi has a chance of hanging on here. He has been underestimated in the past and usually ends up winning by a larger margin than expected. He won by a huge margin in 2014 and has a stronger connection with his community than the average MPP.|
|This riding only goes Liberal or NDP, the last election the Liberals won handily. However, the Liberals are in freefall matched only by the soaring of support for the NDP. Drive around Ottawa you see NDP signs everywhere. Joel is a strong candidate and there are a lot of swing votes between the Liberals and the NDP and with the Liberals expected to retain only a handful of seats, I don't expect Ottawa Center to be one of them.|
|I strongly disagree with the idea that this riding will vote similarly to Ottawa-Vanier simply because the results were somewhat comparable in 2014. At over 7% higher, the NDP result was actually quite a bit stronger. Looking back at the last several federal and provincial results, meanwhile, the NDP vote has fairly consistently been 10-20% higher in Ottawa Centre than Ottawa-Vanier. Additionally, unlike Ottawa-Vanier, Ottawa Centre has a substantial history of NDP representation both federally and provincially. I'm calling this TCTC because recent Eastern Ontario breakdowns have been mixed. Some have the NDP in second place well ahead of the Liberals (and the most recent Forum poll has them in first place), others have them neck and neck with the Liberals, and a recent Abacus poll has the Liberals just behind the PCs (and well ahead of the NDP) in Eastern Ontario. Given that Naqvi is a popular incumbent and Harden a strong candidate, I suspect that whichever of the two parties is ahead (in relation to the other) in the east will win here. TCTC for now.|
|I'm shocked -- given the surge of the NDP -- that this isn't moved into the TCTC zone.|
|Dr. Bear -- the issues are that: a) the NDP have to close a 42% gap in OV, but a 32% gap in OC (that is not a trivial difference); b) Harden is a much stronger NDP candidate; c) the NDP are putting more resources into OC; and d) most importantly, OC has a history of voting NDP when there is a massive 'towards the NDP' swing. Hell, OC even votes NDP without such a swing. |
I haven't called OC yet -- but the two ridings are distinguishable, to be sure.
Des Rosiers stands a real chance of being the only Liberal re-elected (though Del Duca, Coteau, and, yes, even Naqvi may join her). I can't imagine she'll enjoy being part of a rump third-party caucus, and suspect she'll leave mid-term to become a university president or a judge.
|I'm going to go against the grain here and say the Liberals hold this seat. Naqvi is very well liked and I'm certain that there are 'embarrassed liberals' who won't admit they're voting red. I'd wager that in ridings with strong incumbents, people will vote 'locally'. I'd also wager that this is one of those situations and that Naqvi is a contender in a future OLP leadership race.|
|Yasir Naqvi is a well-liked and respected MPP who works hard in the constituency, just like Paul Dewar was. And Naqvi is as safe as Dewar was. With the NDP pushing 30%+ support across the province (and the Liberals at 25%-), this one needs to be moved into the TCTC column, at a minimum. If the NDP have any kind of credible GOTV organization here, they should be able to take this one back.|
|Very strong local candidate who has captured constituency's audience, and it went NDP federally for a long stretch. Enough to make this call for NDP.|
|Andrea Horwath was in Ottawa Centre this weekend and if the NDP really is at 30% in Eastern Ontario (as the latest Ipsos poll says) that is going to translate into some seats and Ottawa Centre is clearly the top target.|
|I live in Ottawa South but am in various parts of Ottawa Centre on a regular basis and have seen Harden signs all over the place, especially in the Glebe and Old South. Considering the NDP surge in the polls and possibility of them forming government, Wynne's unpopularity, and Ottawa Centre having a strong NDP core, that isn't too surprising. The Liberals certainly have a chance but I would give the NDP a not-insignificant edge.|
|Joel Harden is running a dynamite campaign in Ottawa Centre, but unless the Liberals are tanking across the province then Ottawa Centre is still likely to go Liberal.|
But they are tanking, so it's very likely to go NDP. Not as certain as Kingston, but still at least TCTC with a nod to Harden.
|Yasir's a great MPP -- and probable leader if he hangs on after Wynne loses. However, with the NDP polling where they are and the collapse of the Liberal vote provincially... ridings like this are ripe for the picking. Not to mention I've seen scores of lawn signs for Joel that had previously been for Yasir. It'll be tight but Harden wins in a squeaker.|
|With Liberal support in free fall and ndp surging, this should be the type of seat that|
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|I'm keeping an eye here. NDP with momentum and the Liberal bleeding bad make this a seat the NDP will target hard. If it continues to be TCTC it means the NDP are pulling ahead.|
|New poll shows the liberals in 3rd place with 24% support, NDP 30%, PC 40%. The CBC poll tracker also has the NDP up with 2 seats in Eastern Ontario at the expense of the Liberals. If those numbers hold this will be one of those 2 seats the NDP win in Eastern Ontario.|
|Could go NDP because tons of Paul Dewar supporters downtown are tired of the cuts to education, healthcare, and the demands to keep this riding for the Liberals will require tons of Money to be invested for services, communities, and social housing, and everything else. |
Too close to call between ndp & liberals .
|NDP lawn signs already going up on private property in parts of the Glebe, Old Ottawa South/Old Ottawa East and Rideau Gardens. I don|
|Without Naqvi's incumbency, this riding would be a likely NDP pick-up in this political climate.|
Even so, Wynne is less unpopular here than she is just about anywhere else in Ontario and Ford is a punch-line in ridings like this, which will tempt centrist or right-leaning voters to go Liberal or stay home.
Personally, I like Harden, can't stand Naqvi, and would love to see an NDP pick-up here, but Team Orange is really going to have to work for it.
Too close to call.
|Too close to call.|
The Liberal's bounce in support after the budget has turned into a rout - a ten point lead over the NDP for second in the regional polls has become a five point deficit.
Too close right now, but the trend is NDP.
|It'll be interesting to monitor Harden because he's definitely on the NDP's activist left--and as with Sanders and Corbyn, such an inclination might actually help more than it'll hurt, though definitely with an assist from a perception that the Wynne Grits are in the doldrums. Though given how the Ottawa-zone ONDP fell so hard by 2014 as to be almost at par with the PCs, and the PCs are in the overall polling lead in Ontario...should this be considered a 3-way, then? The DoFo Tories winning Ottawa Centre? Naw, I can't see it, I just can't see it...|
|This is a pretty safe Liberal seat. Heck, pretty sure half this riding is filled with federal Liberal staffers. The NDP selected a strong candidate, and I'm pretty sure he'll increase their vote from last time, but history suggests that this will remain a Liberal seat, even in the event of a (quite likely) loss of power in Queen's Park.|
|The Liberals are still solid in Ottawa and the NDP are going nowhere in Eastern Ontario. This will stay in the Liberal column, like much of the city.|
|Wynne's platform, promises and persona are tailor-made for an urban riding like this. Yes Naqvi thinks smarm is charm and ambition is intelligence, but this hasn't mattered to the constituents of Ottawa Centre before so it certainly won't now. If the NDP win this I'll eat my computer.|
|A chance of a three-way race, based on how poorly the Liberals are doing, and this being the only Eastern Ontario riding where the NDP have a chance.|
|While this is often an appealing target for the NDP, that was before the Liberals became more of an urban, establishment and creative class-type party focused around highly educated voters. This is one of the few ridings where Wynne is likely still an asset and not a liability, and Naqvi is very popular here too. |
That combination should safely keep this seat red, whether or not the Liberals win province-wide. He may even be a potential leadership candidate if Wynne steps aside. Any residual NDP support would also be hindered if they focus too hard on working class voters over social activists, even if this is the only seat in eastern Ontario where they are remotely competitive. The PC's are likely irrelevant here as this is their worst riding east of Toronto.
|Safe Liberal seat. Naqvi is very popular here and his margins increase every election. He will likely be a frontrunner to replace Wynne as Liberal leader if and when she steps down.|
|This favours the Liberals but an NDP pick up is possible. The reason for this is the Liberals will have to deploy resourcs to holding nearby ridings like Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Orleans, and Ottawa West-Nepean whereas Ottawa Centre is the only riding east of Oshawa the NDP even has a remote chance in, so expect them to put all their campaign resources in the Ottawa area including those from neighbouring ridings into winning this. Also its possible some PCs might strategically vote NDP too as the PCs have zero chance at winning this.|
|Id give the edge to Yasir Naqvi because he is a senior Liberal cabinet minister and this riding is full of federal liberal staffers. But the NDP could eek out a win here if it truly is a bad election for the Libs.|