The Liberals and NDP are offering differing takes on what the Ontario election results mean for the federal byelection contest in a downtown Toronto riding that went from New Democrat to Liberal in the provincial vote.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the upset win by his provincial counterparts of the Trinity-Spadina seat long held by the Ontario NDP is a "very positive sign" for his party's chances to take the riding, vacated by former NDP MP Olivia Chow, in the June 30 byelection.
But New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair says that result is only reflective of Ontario campaign issues, including some NDPers voting Liberal, and that those supporters are now "coming back to the fold."
Both leaders gave their local candidates a shot of star power as they joined them campaigning Saturday in what is seen as a crucial battle in the NDP-Liberal war over which opposition party is the real government-in-waiting.
And both Mulcair and Trudeau took shots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper for setting the byelection on a Monday just before Canada Day Tuesday, a day many will see as an unofficial long weekend.
One other Toronto riding and two in Alberta are also up for grabs in byelections that day.