TORONTO, January 17, 2006 ( – It was supposed to have been a cakewalk for a star candidate – and future leadership prospect – parachuted in from the U.S. to serve as the Liberal Party’s representative in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore in the federal election Jan. 23. But Michael Ignatieff is fighting both problems plaguing his own efforts and declining Liberal fortunes at the national level as the final days of the campaign wind down.

Conservative Party candidate John Capobianco is poised to capitalize on Ignatieff’s troubles. He also has the advantage of having run in the 2004 election against then-Liberal MP Jean Augustine, who is retiring.

Capobianco is attracting the attention of voters concerned with life and family matters as the only candidate in the riding who supports their views. He scored perfectly in a questionnaire on life and family issues sent to him by Campaign Life Coalition, the national political arm of the Canadian pro-life movement. As well, his support for the traditional definition of marriage has won him the endorsement of Vote Marriage Canada, a non-partisan organization that has former Liberal MP Pat O’Brien serving as a co-chair.

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