... and you lose some.
Bas Balkissoon, Liberal - 9,347 (57.6%)
Cynthia Lai, Progressive Conservative - 4,032 (24.9%)
Alan Mercer, Libertarian - 100 (0.6%)
Rina Morra, Family Coalition Party - 93 (0.6%)
Wayne Simmons, Freedom Party - 59 (0.4%)
Steven P. Toman, Green Party - 167 (1.0%)
Sheila White, NDP - 2,425 (14.9%)
- Source, Elections Ontario
I said before this was going to be a tough fight, especially so when one of your opponents is a sitting Toronto councillor who's been in the job since 1988. It's almost impossible to beat name recognition like that.
What's unfortunate, however, is it seems only 19% of the riding voted. On the plus side, I wouldn't entirely endorse this as a change in Ontario Liberal fortunes, but I hope Mr. Balkissoon is correct when he says he thinks it was the weather that kept people home and not voter apathy. It doesn't bode well for a federal holiday campaign. For some perspective, Alvin Curling won this riding in the 2003 general election with 24,000 votes.
Now, with Mr. Balkissoon's seat vacated, I wonder if Cynthia should consider running for that council seat? She has the endorsement of two other sitting councillors plus she has done all the campaigning - people know her.
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