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Saturday January 28, 2006
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Voters have painted Hamilton Tory Blue and NDP Orange,
ending decades of Liberal dominance on the federal political
scene.

It's the first time the Hamilton area hasn't had a Liberal
member of Parliament since Liberal war horse John Munro
beat Conservative Quinto Martini in 1962 for the Hamilton
East seat, ending a Tory lock on the area under Prime Minister
John Diefenbaker.

It appears area Liberals fell victim to calls for a change of
government in Ottawa plus fallout from the sponsorship
scandal and an RCMP investigation into a possible financial
leak from government insiders regarding Liberal policy on
income trusts.

Chief among the Liberals taken out was Hamilton East-Stoney
Creek MP Tony Valeri, who was first elected in 1993. The
former transport minister and Government House Leader
went down to defeat at the hands of NDP candidate -- and
now MP-elect -- Wayne Marston, 58. With 175 of 235 polls
reporting at 11 p.m., Marston had 14,001 votes compared to
12,645 vote for Valeri.

Liberal MP Russ Powers, a former city and Dundas councillor
who first won election to Parliament in 2004, was defeated by
Conservative candidate David Sweet in
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. With 180 of 261
polls reporting at 11 p.m., Sweet had 14,517 votes compared
to 13,286 votes for Powers. NDP candidate Dr. Gordon
Guyatt had 2,680 votes. Powers, 56, defeated Sweet, 48, in
2004 by 2,800 votes.
Liberals erased from Hamilton's political map
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