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Police chief Julian Fantino will be handed an ultimatum to quit or face embarrassing revelations in the press after the police union digs up tasty dirt on him. Fantino will opt to resign in order to keep that impeccable reputation of his intact and keep alive his coveted run for the Tories; he wants to be solicitor general. Too late, though. The Harrisites will be history.
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Howard Hampton will lead the provincial NDP out of the political wilderness. Yup, really. With post-September 11 public opinion polls showing renewed thirst for bigger government in a declining economy, social democracy is suddenly in much better odour. It's rumoured that the Tories are contemplating an early election call to capitalize on their March leadership race. The sooner the better for long-suffering social dems.
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City councillor Jack Layton will be crowned new head of the federal NDP -- that is, if the party's movers and shakers don't throw a hissy fit and manufacture some no-account candidate. Layton looked a man on a mission at the party's recent policy convention in Winnipeg, and his tenure as prez of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities has scored him a national profile. Long-ignored T.O. finally hits the jackpot, so to speak.
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The PM will find himself enmeshed in a scandal and fending off calls for his resignation after a repeat of police strong-arm tactics à la APEC at the upcoming G-8 summit in Kananaskis, Alberta, this June. The cops' use of the new anti-terror bill to arrest activists will be so over-the-top that the public outcry will be heard across the land. It'll be discovered later that the PM himself gave the orders.
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Mayor Mel will be forced to call it quits mid-term after it's revealed that Wanda Licyzk, the former city treasurer embroiled in the MFP schlemozzle, is his long-lost daughter. Well, not really. Mel will say he's leaving because of declining health or Marilyn, but get ready -- a little birdie tells us that the real reason will be more of a shocker than you can imagine.