March 30th, 2006, 06:20 PM
Polls close at 8 p.m.
If you live in these ridings, please don't forget to vote! Let's not let the Liberals get three more seats.
March 30th, 2006, 09:38 PM
The NDP held on to the one riding , Conservatives are leading in the other 2 .
I hope this is a forcast for OCT 2007 .
March 30th, 2006, 10:23 PM
From the stats I saw on the other site it looks likethey have, toronto
danforth. I think the only one in question was Ajax. The conservatives and Liberals were closer there.
March 31st, 2006, 04:57 PM
Tory, NDP candidates retain party strongholds
Liberals lose all three contests
Tabuns bests Chin in Toronto-Danforth
Mar. 31, 2006. 09:20 AM
Premier Dalton McGuinty's Liberals lived up to his low expectations last night by losing all three provincial by-elections.
As McGuinty had all but predicted Wednesday — when he stressed it was "unusual" for a governing party to wrest away opposition-held seats — the New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives hung on to their electoral strongholds.
Ontario's newest MPPs will be New Democrat Peter Tabuns (Toronto-Danforth) and Tories Christine Elliott (Whitby-Ajax) and Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton).
"People made it very clear they like the work the NDP has done in this riding and they don't like what Dalton McGuinty is doing to this province and this city," an elated Tabuns told supporters at a Danforth Ave. pub.
After the three are sworn in, the standings in the Legislature will be 71 Liberals, 24 Tories and eight New Democrats.
No sitting government has gained an opposition seat in Ontario since Liberal Christine Hart won in the former Tory stronghold of York-East in 1986.
The vacancies opened up after New Democrat Marilyn Churley and Tories Jim Flaherty and John Baird resigned to run in the Jan. 23 federal election. Churley lost, but Flaherty is now federal finance minister and Baird is Treasury Board president.
In Toronto-Danforth, Tabuns, a former city councillor and Greenpeace activist, bested Liberal Ben Chin, a senior McGuinty aide and veteran TV anchor, and Tory Georgina Blanas, a local business leader.
With 202 of 203 polls reporting, Tabuns won 47.4 per cent of the vote, Chin 39 per cent, and Blanas 10.3 per cent.
A provincial plan to put a 550-megawatt, gas-powered generating plant at the foot of the riding on the shores of Lake Ontario was a hotly debated issue in the campaign.
Chin, toeing the party line, endorsed the unpopular proposal, which would see the Portlands Energy Centre plant installed next to the derelict Hearn Generating Station.
Tabuns touted energy conservation instead of a power plant.
Long an NDP stronghold, Toronto-Danforth is also represented by federal NDP Leader Jack Layton.
"This victory tonight caps almost 50 years of representation of Toronto-Danforth by New Democrats," said Layton.
Chin put on a brave face as he arrived at a packed Coxwell Ave. hall after calling Tabuns to congratulate him on a "clean" race.
"Thanks so much for being here and making me feel like a winner," Chin told the crowd.
"I wish we could have delivered a better result. It was not to be tonight. But this is just one night and there will be many nights ahead," said the former broadcaster, hinting he would contest the riding in the next provincial election, set for Oct. 4, 2007.
"This is not defeat. This is the first step to victory which we will achieve in 2007."
In Whitby-Ajax, "wonderful and amazing" were the first words from Elliott last night when she learned she had retained her husband Jim Flaherty's seat for the Tories.
With 277 of 281 polls reporting, Elliott had 45.9 per cent of the vote, Longfield 42.1 per cent and Julie Gladman 9.7 per cent.
Flanked by Flaherty and their triplet teenage sons, Elliott told a Legion hall full of supporters she looks forward to representing the people of Whitby and Ajax in the seat held for 10 years by her husband, who is now Prime Minister Stephen Harper's treasurer, as well as minister for the Greater Toronto Area.
Flaherty called his wife's win over former Liberal MP Judi Longfield, whom he defeated in January to take over the federal Whitby-Oshawa seat, "a great day for Ontario and Canada."
"She is the perfect person, with a wealth of experience in business, politics and the community, who we should be attracting to public office."
For Longfield, 59, it was the second time in three months that she had to make a concession speech in the Whitby Legion hall.
Gracious in defeat, she congratulated Elliott on a "good campaign" and said she had no plans for another political campaign anytime soon.
In Nepean-Carleton, which was represented by Baird, MacLeod trounced Liberal Brian Ford, the former Ottawa police chief, and New Democrat Laurel Gibbons, a local entrepreneur.
With 279 of 285 polls reporting, the former Tory staffer on Parliament Hill had 56.3 per cent of the vote, compared to 32.4 per cent for Ford and 8.5 per cent for Gibbons.
"Dalton McGuinty might be able to ban pit bulls, but he won't be able to ban Lisa MacLeod from the Legislature," she told supporters at a suburban pub.