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Pipeline will complicate any discussion on a coalition, informal or otherwise, with the NDP

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WINDSOR, ONT. — The Liberals feel the disturbance in the Force that saw the NDP‎ and the Bloc Québécois surge after the leaders’ debate has passed, and they’re convinced they will now progress to victory as relentlessly as Justin Trudeau cruised up Highway 401 on Monday.

The Liberal tour started the day in Windsor, Ont., where the party has high hopes of taking seats, particularly Windsor West where the candidate is former Ontario provincial cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello. There were four other stops in opposition-held ridings during the day — Chatham-Kent-Leamington, London Fanshawe, Hamilton Centre and Kitchener Conestoga. That’s not behaviour typical of a party playing defence.

Yet the admission by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh over the weekend that he would “do whatever it takes” to keep the Conservatives from power, including supporting a Liberal minority government, meant Trudeau was under pressure to clarify his own position on what still appears the most likely outcome of this election.

Most questions about a possible coalition were dismissed out of hand. The focus is on electing a progressive government and stopping Conservative cuts, he said.

So focused on cuts was he that he mentioned the word 45 times in........

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