Bloc Quebecois falls short of 'dream' of 40 seats, finishing third in election

WATCH: Blanchet vows to advocate for Quebec as election returns familiar result

The Bloc Quebecois‘ dream of winning 40 of Quebec‘s 78 electoral seats failed to materialize, with the party leading or elected in 31 ridings early into Tuesday morning.

Ridings that party strategists had targeted to steal from opponents escaped them. And the controversial question posed to leader Yves-Francois Blanchet during the English-language debate did not give the party the boost at the polls it had wished.

Debate moderator Shachi Kurl had told Blanchet in a preamble to a question that two popular Quebec laws were discriminatory against minorities and anglophones in the province. Blanchet had called the question an insult to all Quebecers and had argued it was an example of how Quebec would never be understood in Canada.

On the campaign trail, Blanchet had evoked his “dream” of winning 40 seats. The party had chosen about 10 opponents’ seats it had wanted to snatch. As of early Tuesday, his party had failed to make it a reality. They were elected in 29 ridings and leading in two others too close to call.

“We still have, with a positive approach, with confidence, the duty to do more, to do better,” Blanchet told supporters in French after the results came in.

“The result is difficult to comment: the percentage is about the same, the number of seats is about the same.”

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The Bloc had wanted to carry Sherbrooke and ran Ensaf Haidar, a well-known human rights activist who moved to the province from Saudi Arabia, where her husband, Raif Badawi, is languishing in a prison for his dissident views. Liberal Elisabeth Briere kept her seat.

At the Bloc’s electoral headquarters in Montreal on Monday evening, the atmosphere was fairly calm because of the small number of supporters gathered at the Pierre-Peladeau centre, in respect of the COVID-19 health restrictions.

Blanchet had spent a lot of time on the campaign in ridings held by other parties _ particularly by the Liberals. He said the question of the campaign was “the right to be Quebecois.” He had suggested the government of Canada didn’t let the province make its own decisions.

On Monday night, he told supports he was proud of the issues he had campaign on: increasing payments to seniors and more money for health care.

And he evoked his sovereigntist creed: “Quebec is strong. Who knows what a strong Quebec will one day decide.”

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Special weather statement in effect for Toronto as heavy rain expected

The City of Toronto is under a special weather statement beginning Tuesday night through to Wednesday night as “significant rainfall is expected,” says Environment Canada.

The agency said that from 40 to 60 mm of rain is expected to fall by early Thursday morning, with some areas at risk of multiple thunderstorms. A rainfall warning is also possible for those areas.

“This rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture laden low pressure system that will arrive from the American Mid-west,” Environment Canada said in a release Tuesday morning.

Tuesday will see a high of 24 C during the day which will drop to about 20 C at night.

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Trudeau captures Liberal minority, needs to reshuffle cabinet, set throne speech

WATCH: Trudeau bills electoral win as ‘clear mandate’ in speech to supporters

The final seat count is still up in the air but the Liberals will cling to power with another minority government.

A majority government requires at least 170 seats, and the Liberals appear to be more than 10 seats shy of that goal. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will keep his job for now, and for his team, today’s main order of business is to simply get back to work.

Still, there are some ceremonial events and decisions to be made, and some results still to be finalized, before the newly elected MPs can take their seats.

So what happens next?

As in the last Parliament, which despite the election, is going to be virtually identical to the next Parliament, Trudeau will need the help of another party to pass any legislation or get any budget through. The NDP largely served that role in the last Parliament and most expect that to remain the case now.

Trudeau won enough seats that talk of a formal coalition is unlikely.

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But first the ballots have to be counted to determine how many seats he actually won. There are several seats where the margin of victory is razor thin, including two potential Liberal wins in Edmonton Centre and Vancouver Granville.

There are more than 780,000 mail-in ballots overall, and they won’t be counted until later today. Elections Canada warned it could take up to four days to finish the count in some ridings.

Trudeau will have to shuffle his cabinet because he lost at least two cabinet ministers Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan in Nova Scotia, and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef in Ontario. Seniors Minister Deb Schulte was behind in her suburban Toronto riding last night as well.

Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna didn’t run this time, which could open spots for four ministers and four women, since Trudeau has committed to gender parity in cabinet.

Two years ago, Trudeau waited an entire month to shuffle his cabinet but this year with the pandemic’s fourth wave still raging and the G20 leaders summit and the United Nations climate summit being just over a month away, Trudeau may not wait quite as long to get his new team in place.

He also has to set a date for the next speech from the throne, which will lay out the government’s agenda for the next Parliament. Again, two years ago, Trudeau waited more than six weeks to bring forward a throne speech, and he waited a month in 2015.

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The duty to call the new Parliament officially lies with Gov. Gen. Mary Simon, but she will do on Trudeau’s advice.

So while his cabinet is likely to come sooner, Canadians could be waiting until mid-November for the resumption of Parliament itself.

How MPs reconvene is also potentially up in the air. When Parliament rose before the election it was still in pandemic mode, with approval from the House of Commons for virtual sittings and committee hearings.

All of those approvals dissolved with Parliament and new agreements have to be reached if virtual sittings and voting are to be resurrected. A virtual sitting could make it very hard to proceed with the first order of business for any new House of Commons the electing of a speaker because it is supposed to be done by secret ballot.

Former speaker Anthony Rota was leading in his northern Ontario riding last night, but he does not automatically get his speaker’s job back if he is declared the winner.

The speaker’s election will be presided over by the longest-serving MP in the House Bloc MP Louis Plamondon, who won his seat again and will do this for the fifth time. MPs figured out how to vote virtually on legislation, but secret ballots are rare in Parliament.

Any negotiations to hold that vote, or further sittings of Parliament with a virtual function will require negotiations between the parties.

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Rainfall Warnings Posted For Most Of Ontario

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for many parts of Ontario, along with a special weather statement that covers even more area. A lot of rain is on the way. Here are the details:

4:55 AM EDT Tuesday 21 September 2021
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • City of Toronto
  • City of Hamilton
  • Guelph – Erin – Southern Wellington County
  • Kitchener – Cambridge – Region of Waterloo
  • Burlington – Oakville
  • Caledon
  • Halton Hills – Milton
  • Mississauga – Brampton
  • Newmarket – Georgina – Northern York Region
  • Uxbridge – Beaverton – Northern Durham Region
  • Vaughan – Richmond Hill – Markham
  • Brantford – County of Brant
  • Woodstock – Tillsonburg – Oxford County
  • Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County
  • Simcoe – Delhi – Norfolk
  • Fenelon Falls – Balsam Lake Park – Northern Kawartha Lakes
  • Innisfil – New Tecumseth – Angus
  • Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago
  • Deep River – Whitney – Eastern Algonquin Park
  • Western Algonquin Park – Lake of Two Rivers
  • Bancroft – Hastings Highlands – Denbigh
  • Lindsay – Southern Kawartha Lakes
  • Bracebridge – Gravenhurst
  • Huntsville – Baysville
  • Haliburton – Minden – Southern Haliburton County
  • Oxtongue Lake – Fort Irwin – Northern Haliburton County

Significant rainfall expected tonight through Wednesday night. Rainfall warnings possible later today. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to begin late this evening or tonight and will continue through at least Wednesday night. Rainfall amounts of 40 to 60 mm are expected by early Thursday morning with locally higher amounts in areas that receive multiple thunderstorms. Rainfall Warnings may be required for portions of the area.

This rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture laden low pressure system that will arrive from the American Mid-west. For information concerning flooding, please consult your local Conservation Authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District office. Visit Ontario.ca/floods for the latest details.

 

4:57 AM EDT Tuesday 21 September 2021
Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • Orangeville – Grand Valley – Southern Dufferin County
  • Shelburne – Mansfield – Northern Dufferin County
  • Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale
  • Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake
  • Mount Forest – Arthur – Northern Wellington County
  • Chatham-Kent – Rondeau Park
  • London – Parkhill – Eastern Middlesex County
  • Strathroy – Komoka – Western Middlesex County
  • Goderich – Bluewater – Southern Huron County
  • Listowel – Milverton – Northern Perth County
  • Stratford – Mitchell – Southern Perth County
  • Bruce Peninsula – Sauble Beach – Tobermory
  • Hanover – Dundalk – Southern Grey County
  • Owen Sound – Blue Mountains – Northern Grey County
  • Saugeen Shores – Kincardine – Southern Bruce County
  • Rodney – Shedden – Western Elgin County
  • Wingham – Blyth – Northern Huron County
  • Windsor – Leamington – Essex County
  • Sarnia – Petrolia – Western Lambton County
  • Watford – Pinery Park – Eastern Lambton County
  • Port Carling – Port Severn
  • Town of Parry Sound – Rosseau – Killbear Park

Significant rainfall expected tonight through Wednesday night. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to begin this evening and will continue through at least Wednesday night. Rainfall amounts of 50 to 60 mm are expected by early Thursday morning with locally higher amounts in excess of 75 mm in areas that receive multiple thunderstorms. This rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture laden low pressure system that will arrive from the American Mid-west.

For information concerning flooding, please consult your local Conservation Authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District office. Visit Ontario.ca/floods for the latest details. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

 

 

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Another Liberal minority proves calling election was 'the wrong move,' experts say

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau failed to win his majority government in the snap election he called — and experts say he will need to answer for that disappointing result in the days and weeks to come.

The election is projected to have cost taxpayers roughly $600 million. By Tuesday morning, the Liberals’ seat share was projected to be roughly the same as it was two years ago, with the Conservatives once again in official opposition and the NDP holding the balance of power.

The Liberals are also projected to win around 31 per cent of the popular vote — one of the lowest vote shares for a winning party in Canada’s history.

“This was pure hubris,” said Nelson Wiseman, professor emeritus in political science at the University of Toronto.

“There was so much anger over this election even before it was called. But Trudeau saw polling that looked good for him and took that chance. And more people should have spoken up perhaps, that this was the wrong move.”

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The Liberals entered the campaign with strong public support over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with an equal amount of skepticism over whether an election should be called before the pandemic was under control.

Although a slim majority of voters polled by Ipsos in April said it was important to hold an election to have a say on Trudeau’s government, 57 per cent felt such a vote would not be fair due to health and safety issues, while 54 per said it would be unsafe.

As the campaign went on, voters’ anger over the election grew — something pollsters said they had never seen before — while the Liberals’ support fell from a five-point lead over the Tories to a dead heat.

Ipsos found early in the campaign that Trudeau was found to be the party leader most likely to have a hidden agenda, while his overall approval rating dipped below 50 per cent for the first time since the pandemic began last year. That approval never got back up above water before Election Day.

Wiseman says Trudeau was benefitting during the pandemic from being beamed into Canadians’ homes nearly every day with updates from the federal government.

Once the election was called, however, the opposition leaders were able to grab some of that airtime, diminishing Trudeau’s influence.

Allan Tupper, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, says Trudeau misjudged how much his pre-election appeal would carry into a campaign when voters were focused on their own health and safety.

“The Liberals certainly tried to make the case that they were the ones who could lead through a changing world, a changing country. And I think they miscalculated a bit,” he said.

Tupper said Trudeau may have looked at the provincial elections held during the pandemic that saw some governments win stronger mandates — notably in British Columbia and New Brunswick — and thought the Liberals could do the same.

“But in those cases, (the provincial elections) were held during a relatively quiet time during the pandemic,” he said. “This time it’s looking different.”

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A Liberal campaign source speaking on background pushed back on any claims that the party’s decision to call an election was ill-advised, or that they misjudged how the electorate was feeling.

The source said the Liberals were able to highlight the flaws in the Conservative and NDP plans while framing this election as “a choice” for how to respond to the next stage of the pandemic and beyond.

Any result, the source said, would have been acceptable to the party because it would “show the will of Canadians.”

Greg MacEachern, a former Liberal strategist, also insisted that the party’s staff was “very happy” at campaign headquarters in Montreal.

“(Party staff) were looking at more of the conservative numbers, so they might have been expecting (less seats),” he said. “So from the Liberal campaign point-of-view, they’re very pleased.”

MacEachern did admit that he was “surprised” about how long the public’s anger towards the election lasted in polls and interviews.

As for the potential for Trudeau to face calls to step down as leader after failing to build the Liberals’ support, experts and Liberals alike said that’s unlikely to happen.

“I think it’s wrong for parties to be in the mindset of immediately pushing out a leader if they don’t get the result they like,” said Tupper.

While he said he understands the arguments in favour of Trudeau stepping aside, “I don’t see any compelling reason for Trudeau to go.”

MacEachern pointed to the moment in the French debate where Trudeau pointed to Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s inconsistencies on the subject of gun control, which led to repeated questions on O’Toole’s stance.

“I think that gave traction to the Liberal campaign where they were able to get out from under the talk of the unnecessary election,” he said.

“There’s no one else you can credit for that. There’s not an ad, there’s not a pithy tweet, it was the prime minister at that debate. And I think the campaign owes him a lot for that.”

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Canada election: Southwestern Ontario sees little change in 2021 Federal election results

The 2021 federal election saw voters in the London region stick with the status quo as the same parties were re-elected in all four local ridings.

London West was considered a battleground riding during the campaign but London city councillor Arielle Kayaba claimed victory for the Liberals. Kayabaga won the Liberal nomination after Liberal MP Kate Young chose not to seek re-election.

With 234 of 235 polls reporting, Kayabaga had 36. 4 per cent of the vote, followed by Conservative Rob Flack with 32.2 per cent. NDP candidate Shawna Lewkowtiz received 25 per cent support, and Mike McMullen of the People’s Party of Canada picked up 5.2 per cent of the vote.

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In London North Centre, Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos held off a strong challenge by NDP candidate Dirka Prout to secure re-election.

“It’s a strong minority government,” he said. “We offer Canadians the best plan for overcoming the pandemic and other changes of the day.”

With 180 of 187 polls reporting, Fragiskatos had 37.6 per cent of the vote compared to 28.1 per cent for Prout. Conservative Stephen Gallant picked up 26.5 per cent of the vote, and Marc Emery of the PPC was at 5.2 per cent.

A familiar name cruised to victory in London-Fanshawe as Lindsay Mathyssen was re-elected for the NDP.

“It wasn’t doubt, but until those numbers come up on those screens and from the polling station I had a few butterflies,” said Mathyssen, who succeeded her mother, Irene Mathyssen, in office.

“I am so grateful they saw her as a champion for them, and I want to continue to be that person.”

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With 239 out of 240 polls reporting, Mathyssen had received 43 per cent of the vote, Conservative Mattias Vanderley 23. 7 per cent, Liberal Mohammed Hammoud 23.3 per cent, and Kyle Free of the PPC received 9.3 per cent.

Conservative incumbent Karen Vecchio was easily re-elected in Elgin-Middlesex-London with 50 per cent support with 180 out of 181 polls reporting.

“We really worked hard to get out to talk to people – recognizing it was COVID so we did the contactless campaign, and for anyone who knows me, contactless is not who I am,” Vecchio told Global News.

Although she was the incumbent in the race, Vecchio said she wasn’t sure whether she would be re-elected.

“Unfortunately there were a lot of lines dividing people throughout this election and we will have to get back to working for Canadians,” she said

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Liberal Afeez Ajibowu came in second in the riding with 19.3 per cent, followed by NDP candidate Katelyn Cody with 16 per cent, and PPC candidate Chelsea Hillier with 11.9 per cent.

The Conservatives maintained control in more rural ridings in southwestern Ontario Monday night as Dave MacKenzie was re-elected in Oxford, while Dave Epp was re-elected for a second term in Chatham-Kent-Leamington.

Conservative Lianne Rood was also elected for a second term in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Marilyn Gladu was re-elected for the Conservatives in Sarnia-Lambton, Conservative John Nater was re-elected for a third term in Perth-Wellington, and voters in Huron-Bruce elected Conservative Ben Lobb for a fifth straight time.

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Conservative Brad Redekopp re-elected in Saskatoon West

Conservative incumbent Brad Redekopp was re-elected during Monday's federal election, by a margin of about 2,500 votes. It only became clear he had won late in the evening.

Conservative Brad Redekopp has been re-elected in Saskatoon West.

The incumbent MP won with around 2,500 votes over the NDP candidate, echoing his 2019 election.

The polls showed New Democrat and former Metis Nation – Saskatchewan president Robert Doucette was leading until around 9:30 p.m.

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“The way the polls come in, it’s always our worst polls that come in first,” said Redekopp.

“And so you start to go, ‘oh my goodness,’ you know, ‘this isn’t looking good.’ And then, you know, they kind of come together and then we start to move ahead.”

He said watching the polling stations report back was a rollercoaster.

The lead swung back and forth between the two. At one point Doucette had a 10 percentage point lead that shrunk to just one per cent in 20 minutes.

Speaking to Global News before Elections Canada called the riding, Doucette was stoic.

“There’s only two results in an election. You either win or you lose,” he said.

“I’ve told kids this and I’ve always lived this way. You know, when you when you get knocked down, you brush the dust off your pants.”

Both described mixed feelings.

Redekopp previously told Global News getting rid of Justin Trudeau was the main issue before voters.

But the Liberals will once again form government.

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“We’re going to have a lot of upset voters in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan and in western Canada,” he said.

“We’re going to have to go back and figure out what happened.”

When asked if the People’s Party of Canada sapped votes away, Redekopp said conversations he had with voters indicated the votes came from all camps. And he said some came from disenfranchised voters who hadn’t cast a ballot in a long while.

The PPC candidate Kevin Boychuk finished fourth with 6.4 per cent of the vote, at time of writing and with 168 of 169 ballots reporting.

Dr. Ruben Rajakumar of the Liberals claimed 8.1 per cent and the Green Party’s David Greenfield had 1.1 per cent.

Doucette said the NDP gain of a seat nationally indicated the New Democrat “brand is something that people are gravitating around now,” which bodes well for the party.

Both candidates agreed on one thing – they both said the election, which cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in the middle of the fourth wave of COVID-19, wasn’t worth it.

“It’s a terrible waste of money,” Redekopp said.

“And the prime minister should be embarrassed.”

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Liberals flex Metro Vancouver muscle but can't repeat 2015 surge

The Liberals were the big winner in British Columbia Monday night. Global News reporter Richard Zussman looks at the key Metro Vancouver ridings that have flipped political parties after the 2021 federal election.

The Liberals may not have gained seats nationally in the 2021 federal election, but they gained major ground in Metro Vancouver.

As of 11 p.m., the party was leading or elected in 13 seats in the region, up from the 11 they secured in 2019 — though still shy of the historic 16 seats they picked up in their historic 2015 “red wave.”

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The Conservatives saw their 2019 haul of eight seats reduced to just two, while the NDP upped their total from four to five.

You can find full election results here and find your own riding here.

British Columbia’s urban heart is the largest prize west of the Rockies, representing 24 of 42 federal seats in the province.

The vote-rich suburbs, dubbed by some as “B.C.’s 905,” in reference to the bedroom communities around Toronto, can make or break a party in its quest to power or majority government.

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In 2015, on the path to Justin Trudeau’s majority, the “red wave” flipped eight of those key suburban seats and dominated the Metro Vancouver electoral map in a decades-best performance in the region.

Metro Vancouver strength

It was a good night for the Liberals in Richmond, where the party appeared on track to sweep both Richmond Centre and Steveston-Richmond East.

Richmond Centre was one of the few Metro Vancouver ridings the Liberals failed to capture in their 2015 surge, a feat they appeared ready to finally accomplish in 2021.

With 170 of 185 polls reporting on Monday night, Liberal Wilson Miao led veteran Conservative incumbent Alice Wong by just under 500 votes.

If the result holds, it would be a major upset — Wong has held the riding since 2008 and won it by nearly 8,000 votes in 2019.

The Liberals did win Steveston-Richmond East in 2015, but lost it to Kenny Chiu in 2019 by just under 2,700 votes.

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With 184 of 188 polls reporting on Monday night, Global News projected that Liberal Parm Bains handily unseated Chiu by a margin of more than 3,000 votes.

The other major breakthrough for the Liberals was in Cloverdale-Langley City, where Liberal John Aldag looked ready to unseat Conservative incumbent Tamara Jansen.

With 191 of 202 polls reporting, Aldag led by about 1,500 votes.

Jansen won this seat by fewer than 1,400 votes in 2019, while the Liberals won it in 2015. But the BC NDP swept the area in the 2020 provincial election — raising the prospect that demographic changes could make progressives more competitive in the area.

Both the Conservatives and Liberals pledged to fund the completion of the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain in a clear nod to the riding’s importance.

Jansen has also taken several controversial social conservative positions, including using the term “unclean” in a speech against the Liberals’ proposed ban on conversion therapy.

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Elsewhere in the region, Global News projected the party would hold onto other key 2015 acquisitions, including Environment Minister Johnathan Wilkinson’s riding of North Vancouver, and Terry Beech’s riding of Burnaby North-Seymour.

Liberal Ron McKinnon also held onto Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, one of the closest races in Canada in 2019, when he won by just 390 ballots.

This time, McKinnon made short work of Conservative challenger Katerina Anastasiadis, winning by more than eight per cent.

Veteran MP Hedy Fry was elected in Vancouver Centre for the 10th consecutive time, and cabinet ministers Harjit Sajjan and Carla Qualtrough won again in their respective ridings of Vancouver-South and Delta.

Too close to call

Liberals led in the one riding everyone was watching Monday night, but the race in Vancouver-Granville likely won’t be decided until Tuesday.

As of midnight, Liberal Taleeb Noormohamed led by just a handful votes over the NDP’s Anjali Appadurai in the riding once held by independent and former Liberal cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

With Wilson-Raybould not running again, many observers had picked Vancouver-Granville to be an easy Liberal win.

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But Noormohamed had a rough campaign, plagued by questions about his real estate dealings in recent years that appeared to contradict the spirit of the party’s pledge to crack down on home flipping.

With a large number of mail-in ballots still outstanding, the seat could still flip orange.

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Vancouver-Granville aside, the NDP’s gains in the region likely did not live up to the party’s ambitions.

The one bright spot for New Democrats was Port Moody-Coquitlam, a seat that the party was a hair’s breadth from capturing in 2019 when Bonita Zarillo fell to Conservative Nelly Shin by slightly more than 150 votes.

This year was a rematch, and with 195 of 206 polls reporting, Zarillo held a nearly 1,500-vote lead over Shin.

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The NDP last held the seat in 2015 under Fin Donnelly, but hadn’t won there previously since 1988.

Elsewhere in the region, New Democrats held onto seats in Burnaby South — home of party leader Jagmeet Singh — New Westminster-Burnaby, Vancouver East and Vancouver Kingsway.

Tories virtually shut out

Monday was not the night Erin O’Toole and his Conservatives were hoping for in Metro Vancouver.

In 2015, the Tories were reduced to a single seat in the region. In 2019, the party failed to make gains as big as it hoped, but still significantly increased their presence by picking up another seven seats in the Vancouver suburbs — a performance they had hoped to expand in 2021.

In the end, the party did better than the 2015 wipeout, but not much.

Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay held onto her seat of South Surrey-White Rock — former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts’ old seat and the Tories’ only Metro Vancouver seat in 2015 — defeating Liberal Gordie Hogg by more than 2,000 votes.

It was the third time the two had sparred — Hogg won the seat in a 2017 byelection, only to lose it to Findlay in 2019.

And the Conservatives were able to hold Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, where Marc Dalton fended off a challenge from New Democrat Phil Klapwyk by more than 2,400 votes.

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Canada election: Northern territories on track to send NDP, Liberal MPs back to Ottawa

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Results across Canada’s North were headed in the same direction late Monday as in the last federal election in 2019.

NDP candidate Lori Idlout was leading in Nunavut, where she was surrounded by friends and family at a viewing party at Iqaluit’s Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre. She has been projected to win the riding.

“We’re going to make sure that we’re going do the best we can for Nunavummiut,” Idlout told The Canadian Press.

The Inuk lawyer was hoping to hold on to Mumilaaq Qaqqaq’s seat for the NDP after Qaqqaq decided not to run again.

Idlout held a strong lead all evening. However, some mail-in ballots across the North were still to be counted.

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Her daughters were throat singing and supporters cheered as the numbers came in.

“It still doesn’t feel real,” she said.

“I have so much faith in Nunavummiut. I only want to do my best to make sure that what they’ve shared with me becomes a reality.”

Liberal candidate and former Nunavut cabinet minister Pat Angnakak was behind, with Conservative candidate Laura MacKenzie trailing in third place.

Before Qaqqaq was elected in 2019, the seat tossed between the Liberals and Conservatives. Hunter Tootoo won it for the Liberals in 2015 and Conservative Leona Aglukkaq held on to the riding in 2008 and 2011. Before that, Liberal Nancy Karetak-Lindell represented the territory for more than a decade.

Liberal incumbent Michael McLeod was leading in the results in the Northwest Territories, which has been experiencing its worst outbreak of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

Yukon Liberal candidate and the territory’s former chief medical health officer, Brendan Hanley, was also ahead of Conservative Barbara Dunlop and is projected to win.

Hanley took leave from his job as the territory’s top doctor last month to run for the federal Liberals, a decision he said has paid off.

“It’s kind of a relief and a bit of an exhilarating feeling,” Hanley said.

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He said he rarely had to introduce himself to people at the doors while campaigning, having become a household name as chief medical health officer.

“I think more importantly people knew me as someone trusted. I’m someone that’s known to give them the straight goods, as it were, when talking about where we were during the pandemic.”

Hanley said he wants to take his work for the territory to the federal level, especially when it comes to fighting COVID-19.

“I know we have some real challenges in the North, but also some incredible possibilities,” he said.

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From city hall to the House of Commons: Liberal candidate Arielle Kayabaga wins London West

In the span of less than three years, Arielle Kayabaga has made successful debuts in both municipal and federal politics, with the latest campaign launching a jump from city hall to the House of Commons.

London’s Ward 13 councillor allowed the Liberals to maintain their hold on London West following a close race that wasn’t called until hours after polls closed.

In March, when incumbent Liberal MP Kate Young announced she would not seek re-election, London West was predicted to be a battleground riding in the 44th general election.

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On election night, early results saw the lead bounce back and forth by only a small margin between the Liberals and Conservatives before the reigning party widened the gap.

By early Tuesday, Kayabaga had secured 36.4 per cent of the vote for the Liberals based on 99.5 per cent of polls in the riding.

Conservative candidate Rob Flack trailed behind with 32.2 per cent of the vote, while NDP candidate Shawna Lewkowitz came third with 25 per cent of the vote.

While London West had received considerable coverage as a battleground riding, Kayabaga says it wasn’t something that weighed on her.

“Maybe that’s part of being a rookie in campaigns. I didn’t feel the pressure, I was just excited to connect with every single voter and make sure that their priorities are being represented at every single turn,” said Kayabaga.

“The most important conversation tonight is that London West wants a mandate that moves Canadians forward, and wants a mandate that fights for climate action, for $10 child care for women, to support small businesses to get back to work, and access to housing for everyone”

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Kayabaga is expected to take her first federal seat at a House of Commons that will see the Liberals hold a minority government, which is something she feels prepared to navigate.

“The best training I got for that was being on city council and I will continue to use the same skills that I use to work together with everyone, with the same goal of helping Canadians and moving Canadians forward,” Kayabaga said.

As for her seat on city council, the Ward 13 councillors says “we’ll have to figure that out in the next coming days.”

Lewkowitz, the NDP candidate for London West, took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to congratulate Kayabaga.

“I will have more to say in the coming days,” Lewkowitz added in another tweet posted minutes later.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the full-hearted team that believed so clearly that better was possible I am deeply grateful for every supporter & volunteer here in (London West) and beyond.”

 

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