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Conservative victory forecast as Canada went to the polls

Yesterday's polls showed the Conservative Party, led by businessman Brian Mulroney, would defeat Prime Minister John Turner's governing Liberal Party in the elections by the largest margin in 26 years.

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About 16 million Canadians were eligible to take part in the balloting, which began at 9 a.m., local time, in Canada's 282 electoral districts, with polls scheduled to close at 8 p.m.