10:30 a.m., June 13)
wins Ottawa-Orléans by record landslide
By Fred Sherwin
the years Ottawa -Orléans has gained the reputation
of being a bell weather riding, -- as it goes, so goes the
province. On Thursday it went overwhelmingly to the Liberals
and so did the province.
beaming Marie-France Lalonde takes the stage
at her victory party on Thursday night after
being declared the winner in Ottawa-Orléans.
what was supposed to be a tight race and a potential Conservative
gain, Liberal rookie candidate Marie-France Lalonde won
the seat by a record margin, beating Tory hopeful Andrew
Lister by over 11,000 votes.
in the province Ontario voters gave premier-elect Kathleen
Wynne and the Liberal Party a majority government with
59 seats having been won compared to 27 for the Conservatives
and 21 for the NDP.
was a crushing defeat for Lister, who was running for
the second time. In 2012 he lost to outgoing MPP Phil
McNeely by less than 2,000 votes. The difference between
the two election results came down to voter turnout. Where
in 2012, 52 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballot,
the voter turnout on Thursday was over 57 per cent.
the Liberals did not gain any NDP votes. Most of their
support in Ottawa-Orléans came from the additional
8,639 voters. Lister received just 570 fewer votes than
he did in 2012 and the NDP support only dropped by 70
votes, while the Liberals gained over 8,000 votes. The
Green Party's support in the riding also went up with
Bob Bell receiving 2, 041 votes compared to the 886 votes
they received in 2012.
Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely congratulates
his elected successor Marie-France Lalonde
after she was declared the winner in the Ontario
provincial election on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
very appreciative and humble Lalonde first thanked her
husband Alvarro Granados and their 20-year-old daughter
Monica, her election team, and all of her supporters before
letting it be known that she doesn't plan to waste anytime
in getting to work for the residents of Ottawa-Orléans.
here to serve, to listen, to lead and to act in the best
interests of the people of Ottawa-Orléans,"
said Lalonde to loud cheers. "We want to see LRT
come to Orléans, to clean up the Ottawa River,
protect Petrie Island, to invest in our schools and in
the healthcare system."
background is in social work and senior care. She began
her career with the Children's Aid Society. She went on
to work at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
and the Ottawa Hospital and was the original co-owner
of the Portbello Manor seniors residence in Orléans.
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