Mon­sef re-elected to a sec­ond term

Lib­eral wins with 39.5% of the vote, with a slim­mer mar­gin of vic­tory over Con­ser­va­tive Michael Skin­ner this time

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - JOELLE KO­VACH AND JES­SICA NYZNIK EX­AM­INER STAFF WRIT­ERS

Lib­eral in­cum­bent and cabi­net min­is­ter Maryam Mon­sef won re-elec­tion to a sec­ond term Mon­day night in Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha rid­ing.

With 200 of 283 polls counted Mon­sef had 16,666 votes, or 39.1 per cent, com­pared to 14,635, or 34.3 per cent, for Con­ser­va­tive chal­lenger Michael Skin­ner. New Demo­crat Can­dace Shaw ran a dis­tant third with 7,519 votes, or 17.6 per cent of the vote.

The Nex­i­com Stu­dio at Show­place Per­for­mance Cen­tre was packed with sup­port­ers all evening, and the cheers rose more and more of­ten through the evening as the polls re­ported re­sults show­ing Mon­sef ahead.

A hush fell over the room at one mo­ment when Skin­ner pulled ahead by a very slim mar­gin, but that was fol­lowed by many cheers as Mon­sef pulled ahead again.

Still, Mon­sef didn’t give a vic­tory speech by dead­line at mid­night; of the 283 polls, there were still nearly 100 polls to re­port their re­sults at that hour, although Mon­sef was lead­ing.

It was a slim­mer mar­gin of vic­tory than in 2015 when Mon­sef had 43.8 per cent of the vote with 29,159 votes to Skin­ner’s 35.1 per cent of the vote with 23,335 votes.

Green can­di­date An­drew MacGregor had 3,009 or 7.1 per cent.

“I am pleased that Peter­bor­ough has cho­sen a party that’s rec­og­niz­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of the cli­mate cri­sis,” MacGregor said.

“Of course, I would have liked them to have cho­sen a party that would tackle it a lit­tle more strongly.”

The Peo­ple’s Party of Canada can­di­date Alexan­der Mur­phy had just 574 votes, or 1.3 per cent.

“We’re very proud of how we ran our cam­paign … we came into this cam­paign with rea­son­able ex­pec­ta­tions and we ex­ceeded them and we’re happy with the re­sults,” Mur­phy said.

Ken Ran­ney, co-founder of the Stop Cli­mate Change party, had 115.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed there was not more dis­cus­sion about cli­mate change,” Ran­ney said.

In­de­pen­dent Robert M. Bow­ers had 123 votes.

“A mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment would be good for Mon­sef, she needs some chal­lenges,” Bow­ers said. “I think she’s had it a lit­tle easy on her­self.”

Mon­sef was de­clared the win­ner around 11:15 p.m. By mid­night, many of the rid­ing’s polls had still not been counted.

Mon­sef and Skin­ner seemed op­ti­mistic about win­ning Mon­day’s fed­eral elec­tion ear­lier this week.

Mon­sef has been the women and gen­der equal­ity min­is­ter and min­is­ter of in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment in Lib­eral leader Justin Trudeau’s cabi­net.

She thanked her cam­paign vol­un­teers at a rally on Thurs­day and told them an­other win is within their grasp.

“I feel the mo­men­tum — I feel it!” she said. “Now let’s go get it!”

But Skin­ner, a lo­cal en­tre­pre­neur, was feel­ing mo­men­tum too last week.

He said on Thurs­day his cam­paign has knocked on 45,000 doors.

“I’m very op­ti­mistic — we went out and did the hard work,” Skin­ner said.

The two have faced off be­fore.

Mon­sef beat Skin­ner in the 2015 elec­tion when she re­ceived 43 per cent of the vote com­pared to 35 per cent for Skin­ner.

Mean­while the ad­vance polls were busier than they were at the 2015 fed­eral elec­tion.

Elec­tions Canada said this week that 17,352 votes were cast at the ad­vance polls in Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha, which is 2,101 more than were cast in the ad­vance polls in 2015.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Sup­port­ers re­act to fed­eral elec­tion re­sults for Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha Lib­eral in­cum­bent Maryam Mon­sef at Show­place Per­for­mance Cen­tre on Mon­day night. Mon­sef was re-elected to a sec­ond term.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Cam­paign man­ager Jess Grover, left, is hugged by NDP can­di­date Can­dace Shaw Mon­day night.

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