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Harvest festivals give a taste of Canada's election mood

A visit to a seat caught in the urban-rural divide finds mixed feelings over Trudeau versus the Conservatives

NEWCASTLE (Ontario)• • At the annual Harvest Festival in the village of Newcastle in Ontario, Canada, 77-year-old Bill James sits in a folding lawn chair and soaks up the last few rays of warm sunshine for the year.

He is keeping watch over his lovingly preserved 1961 Ford Thunderbird, one of two dozen antique vehicles on display among the Oct 5 festival attractions. These include stalls featuring crafts and live country music, and others stacked high with jars of honey and maple syrup.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2019, with the headline 'Harvest festivals give a taste of Canada's election mood'. Subscribe