|My old home riding from grad school and I am shocked that Masse is fighting for his political life! Nevertheless, Pupatello is a political heavyweight in her own right, and polls are suggesting a close dogfight. Barring any partisan opinions, most would agree that both are quality candidates and the riding will win with either one. One thing I can see hindering Pupatello is Trudeau's low popularity in the area. I have found that there is an almost Alberta-level dislike for him in much of SW Ontario. Something I have not noticed in other regions of Ontario. This is anecdotal evidence for sure, but I have heard some harsh words from some who I would not necessarily expect it from. A benefit for Pupatello, would be a sure-fire cabinet seat if the Liberals win. And I strongly agree with PY (and strongly disagree with Seesaw) on this. Sandra is a very experience politician and knows how the game is played. She is not a naive, political neophyte like some other people in cabinet were.|
|With the NDP's support waning nationally, the Liberals are making a serious play at bringing Windsor West back into the Liberal fold. Masse is personally popular, but Pupatello is pushing the narrative that a Liberal win in Windsor West means a seat in government.|
|This is the race to watch in Ontario. However, I think it's premature to call it for the Liberals. |
Sandra Pupatello was a successful politician, but she hasn't won a campaign since 2007 and hasn't been an active politician since 2013. It's not a given she can coast on her past accomplishments and advocacy for the region. Sometimes politicians returning to the game have a hard time adapting to the changing landscape. Pupatello is also known for a brash style, that caused her to lose the LPO leadership race to Wynne.
Brian Masse is a popular, though low-key incumbent. He will outperform his party.
It's a toss up right now, but if NDP fortunes improve I would say its an NDP hold.
|Yes, indeed...Pupatello's in as per the Liberal website. If she wasn't, I'd still count Brian Masse as one of the few remaining NDP survivors in this campaign. |
I look back at Masse's seventeen years of Bill McNeal-like adequacy as a constituency MP and can't help feel but sorry for him at this point.
Here's some personal trivia: I was still in Windsor and studying at the University when Johnny Cash's cover of 'Hurt' was released. I certainly appreciated his effort, but I thought it was a curious choice for him at the time. Previous to that, Cash's cover of 'Sixteen Tons' had always been a favourite of mine (and still is today). Fast forward to now and it seems eerily apt.
I will disagree with Seesaw, though. Pupatello, unlike JWR for example, is as politically astute as one can get and will be a trusted hand in cabinet and the LPC caucus. I do agree that she could be a worthy successor one day, though.
|Sandra Pupatello did get the Liberal nomination which means that Brian Masse's career is drawing to a close. Pupatello will win, though I don't know if she'll be in the cabinet if the Liberals win. She is a strong intelligent woman and Mr Trudeau doesn't like that type. One thing I can guess though, is that she'll be a leadership contender.|
|Pupatello in the race is a big deal.|
What I can't wrap my head around is the expected level of transfer of votes to get a win.
Brian Masse hasn't done anything different than what he has been doing since he was elected and returning with significant majorities even when the NDP were in the dumps.
Certainly nothing to warrant him losing 20 points of his vote share and the entirety of that 20 share going to the Liberals.
Pupatello is strong and will have an impact, but the risk of loss is overblown.
|This will certainly be a riding watch on election night, but I do believe that Windsors warrior princess Sandra Pupatello will take it and will get cabinet post if the Trudeau Government is re-elected.|
|Mainstreet poll suggests close Liberal-NDP race in Windsor West|
Aug 22, 2019
Pupatello (Lib) 33.1
Masse (NDP) 31.8
Lau (Con) 18.6
|Brian Masse's time as an MP, maybe drawing to a close. Former MPP and provincial cabinet minister, Sandra Pupatello is hoping to get the Liberal nomination, if she's nominated, it's Bye Bye Brian, if not then he's got a good shot.|
| The Liberals are running a star candidate the former Liberal MPP for Windsor West..Sandra P. She would only be running if she thought she could win plus the PM will now spend time in Windsor.|
|Weird how the old Herb Gray coalition morphed so cleanly, efficiently from red to orange under Brian Masse--if the Dippers are reduced to an 2018-Ontario Liberal-scale caucus *nationally*, Windsor West will be among the survivors.|
|Brian Masse is the longest serving NDP MP and his past results have shown he is safe no matter what. Even if the NDP is down to ten seats he should hold it.|
|Brian Masse is very well liked here and should cruise to another victory. He's well liked among working class voters here, while also reasonably popular among the more white collar types as well.|
It's true that Singh is not a particularly popular NDP leader here even though Windsor West is the most multicultural of the three Windsor-area seats (heck, Masse himself could be a potential leader if the NDP falters in October). However, the Liberals are even less popular here and have fallen into the abyss in deep Southwestern Ontario, and the Conservatives are way too far behind to compete. No matter what happens in October, Brian Masse should come back to Parliament.
|Probably the safest NDP seat in Ontario; and along with Charlie Angus, perhaps the only truly safe seat in ON in what is shaping up to be become a disaster for the federal dippers.|
|This has over time become the best NDP riding in Ontario, partially due to Brian Masse's tenure, and while they underperformed in Windsor/Essex provincially this is always going to be a bright spot for them.|
|Considering how much the Liberals have struggled in Southwestern Ontario, this should stay NDP even with their weak numbers.|
|Even if the NDP collapses nationwide they should be able to hold on to the two Windsor seats.|