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NDP makes gains, Liberal heavyweights go down 

[PoliticsWatch Updated 12:00 a.m. January 24, 2006]

OTTAWA  — It is looking like a good night for NDP Leader Jack Layton. 

The NDP is forecasted to pick up an additional 11 seats, including two in Toronto. 

Layton's wife, Olivia Chow, has defeated Liberal cabinet minister Tony Ianno in the downtown riding of Trinity Spadina. It was the third time Ianno was challenged by Chow.

"I thank the people of Trinty Spadina for voting today for hope, instead of fear," Chow told her rally shortly after the networks declared her the winner. 

Liberal MP Sam Bulte is also trailing NDP candidate Peggy Nash in another one of the downtown ridings. But in Beaches - East York, NDP candidate Marilyn Churley appears like she will lose to Liberal MP Maria Minna. 

In Ottawa, NDP candidate Paul Dewar has held on to Ed Broadbent's seat in Ottawa-Centre. Dewar was up against Martin loyalist Richard Mahoney, who also was defeated in the riding in 2004. 

The NDP has also won the seat of Western Arctic, which has been held by Liberal cabinet minister Ethel Blondin Andrew since 1988.

Former NDP MP Svend Robinson has failed in his comeback attempt against Liberal MP Hedy Fry in Vancouver Centre. 

Human Resources Minister Belinda Stronach, who crossed the floor to join the Liberals last May, has also held on to her Newmarket - Aurora seat by almost 5,000 votes. 

But it's a bitter night for numerous Liberals across the country. 

In New Brunswick, Liberal caucus chair Andy Savoy lost to Conservative Mike Allen by just 254 votes. 

In Quebec, Heritage Minister Liza Frulla appears headed to defeat to Bloc candidate Thierry St. Cyr in the riding of Jeanne - Le Ber. And Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew is trailing the Bloc's Vivien Barbot in Papineau. Rookie Liberal MP Francois Boivin lost to Bloc candidate Richard Nadeau in the Liberal stronghold of Gatineau. 

But on the plus side, Martin Quebec lieutenant Jean Lapierre appears like he will hang on in Outremont. 

In Ontario, Liberal MP Roger Gallaway is headed to defeat at the hands of Tory Patricia Davidson. Gallaway's Sarnia-Lambton riding has voted for the party that won the election in 13 consecutive elections.  Liberal MP Sue Barnes held off Conservative Al Gretzky in another bellwether, London West. 

The Liberals won some races that were supposed to be close in Atlantic Canada. 

In Fredericton, Liberal cabinet minister Andy Scott won his bellwether riding by more than 3,000 votes. Liberal MP Paul Zed held on in the riding of Saint John by 1,400 votes. In Nova Scotia, Robert Thibault held on by just 500 votes to a Conservative challenger. 

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