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A big win for the NDP, two losses for the PCs that will renew questions over whether leader Tim Hudak can to take his party into government, and, for the Liberals, a failure to grab former PC MPP Elizabeth Witmer’s seat and secure the party’s fortunes.

A masterstroke it wasn’t. In April, in seemed like such a clever plan.

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TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak blamed “union muscle” Friday for his party’s loss of the Kitchener-Waterloo seat it held for 22 years, and predicted Premier Dalton McGuinty would quickly try to “kiss and make up” with Ontario’s public sector labour leaders.

The Tories lost both byelections Thursday as the Liberals held Vaughan and the New Democrats made a historic breakthrough in Kitchener-Waterloo, winning the riding for the first time ever.

The NDP bused in public sector union “troops” from across…

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