The Trudeau government will get a chance to test its popularity today with four federal byelections.
The most heated race is the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock, where the Liberals are making a concerted effort to steal the seat from the Conservatives.
Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer have campaigned in the riding, which was held by Tory MP Dianne Watts before she jumped to provincial politics.
The Conservatives are considered to be in the driver’s seat in the western Saskatchewan riding of Battlefords-Lloydminister, which has voted for right-wing parties since the 1990s.
The Saskatchewan seat became vacant this year when former Conservative cabinet minister Gerry Ritz left politics. In the last election the New Democrats were a distant second in Ritz’s riding and a distant third in the other three ridings.
The other two ridings, in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, are considered safe Liberal seats.
The Toronto riding of Scarborough-Agincourt became vacant due to the death of Liberal backbencher Arnold Chan. It has been in Liberal hands since the ’80s.