Around 1:20 am on the day after election day, results indicated that Justin Trudeau would be leading a minority Government with 156 seats against the Conservatives with 122. Since that was fewer Liberal seats than in the last parliament, it meant that some Liberal MPs lost their seats and our local Riding MP Kim Rudd was one of them. She lost to Conservative Philip Lawrence. The Liberals planned to celebrate a win at a hall in Port Hope but it didn’t happen – Kim didn’t show by 11:10 so I left to join the Conservatives who were having a party. One of those celebrating was MPP David Piccini – see the photo. The numbers Tuesday morning were as shown below. Also below are a couple of photos at the Conservative campaign office on King Street.
The other parties did not do well – the table below gives the results with 294 of 294 polls reporting:
|Philip Lawrence (CPC)||27,218||39.9%|
|Kim Rudd (Lib)||24,706||36.2%|
|Mallory MacDonald (NDP)||9,482||13.9%|
|Jeff Wheeldon (Green)||5,417||7.9%|
|Frank Vaughan (PPC)||1,445||2.1%|
Total votes (all 294 polls) were 68,268 of 88,276 electors or 77.3% – a higher turnout than last year’s 71.3%
Note that these numbers are subject to final confirmation by Elections Canada.
I can’t help but make observations about the election.
First, I notice that the People’s Party was rejected by the people – their leader Maxime Bernier lost his seat to a Conservative and no other PPC candidate was elected.
Another observation – it’s unfortunate that in our democratic system, it’s not only the MP who loses her job but also her employees.
You can compare these results to predictions based on polling at this page.