Ontario election 2014: Ottawa, eastern Ontario happy with the same
Voters in Ottawa are sticking with the Liberal-dominated status quo as the party captured a majority government, while the Progressive Conservatives continue to own eastern Ontario and the NDP remain absent in the capital region.
- Ontario Election 2014: Liberals re-elected with majority
- Ontario Election 2014: Tim Hudak to step down as PC leader
- Complete results and key ridings
The capital saw a quiet election night without any tight races, as some had expected Ottawa West-Nepean and Ottawa-Orleans would see a larger PC fight.
The Liberals held on to their six seats in the region, including rookie candidate Marie-France Lalonde who takes Phil McNeely’s spot in Ottawa-Orleans.
- Bob Chiarelli won in Ottawa West-Nepean, defeating PC Randall Denley.
- John Fraser won in Ottawa South, defeating PC Matt Young.
- Madeleine Meilleur won in Ottawa Vanier, defeating PC Martin Forget.
- Yasir Naqvi won in Ottawa Centre, defeating NDP Jennifer McKenzie.
- Marie-France Lalonde won in Ottawa-Orleans, defeating PC Andrew Lister.
- Grant Crack won in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, defeating PC Roxane Villeneuve Robertson.
The PCs also kept their six seats in the area without a scare from their closest opponents:
- Lisa MacLeod won in Nepean-Carleton, defeating Liberal Jack Uppal.
- Jack MacLaren won in Carleton-Mississippi Mills, defeating Liberal Rosalyn Stevens.
- Randy Hillier won in Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington, defeating Liberal Bill MacDonald.
- Steve Clark won in Leeds-Grenville, defeating Liberal Christine Milks.
- John Yakabuski won in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, defeating Liberal Rod Boileau.
- Jim McDonell won in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, defeating Liberal John Earle.
Of the 12 ridings in Ottawa and eastern Ontario, the Liberals hold six seats, the PCs hold six seats and the NDP continues to be shut out in the region.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson released a statement congratulating Premier Kathleen Wynne on her majority government.
“I look forward to a continued partnership with (Wynne’s) government on key Ottawa priorities such as cleaning up the Ottawa River and extending light rail transit farther east, west and south,” Watson wrote in a statement.
“I know our newly elected MPPs, of all political stripes, will work together to ensure our city gets its fair share of infrastructure dollars, so Ottawa can continue to be the best place to raise a family and grow a business.”
MacLeod should run for PC leadership: Former MPP
After a disappointing election, PC leader Tim Hudak announced he would resign after a new leader was found, but he would stay on as an MPP after winning his seat.
That raises questions about the leadership race and MacLeod, who said she was shocked by her party's disappointing election, was asked on Thursday night about running for that job.
"I'm going to digest what's happening this evening and I'm going to continue to support my colleagues in the provincial legislature," she said.
But former PC MPP Norm Sterling jumped behind a potential bid from MacLeod, even before Hudak stepped down.
"(She) shows all the leadership qualities we need in this party. She understands the middle class, she understands women's issues, she's compassionate and she has a great presence in the Legislature and outside the Legislature," Sterling said Thursday night.
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