In election night déjà vu, Londoners choose more of the same
Southwestern Ontario city's ridings stick to status quo with same parties re-elected
The snap election resulted in the same parties holding steady across London, Ont., ridings. Three incumbents were re-elected, while a city councillor won a seat during her first federal election campaign.
Meanwhile, CBC News is projecting a Liberal minority government after the 44th general election.
Local election results:
CBC News is projecting NDP candidate Lindsay Mathyssen will be re-elected to represent London-Fanshawe.
"I was so honoured less than two years ago to be elected," Mathyssen told CBC News moments after her win was declared. "I am over the moon even more so. There's a lot of work that we have to do. There are a lot of people to help in this riding and I want to keep fighting for them."
The riding, which covers the eastern and southeast portions of city, has supported the New Democrats since 2006.
In the 2019 federal election, Mathyssen won the seat following in her mother, Irene's, footsteps who had served as MP for the riding for more than a decade.
London North Centre
CBC News is projecting Liberal candidate Peter Fragiskatos will be re-elected to represent London North Centre for the third time.
"Every conversation began with the focus of the pandemic and what the government wanted to do to overcome it if re-elected and we put forward a vision on that," Fragiskatos told CBC News from his campaign office on Adelaide Street.
"Certainly, some will say, 'Well it's not a majority government,' but still, it is a strong minority government and we'll work with other parties, particularly on this issues of the pandemic, to continue to be there for residents of this city and the people of this country."
The urban riding of London North Centre covers the central part of the city as well as a portion of the north, including Western University and St. Joseph's Hospital.
Since it was established in 1997, the riding has been predominantly held by the Liberals. The Conservatives held the seat from 2011 to 2015 until Fragiskatos won.
Liberal candidate Arielle Kayabaga is projected to win London West, giving the Liberals that seat for a third consecutive time.
"I feel great. I'm excited. I'm happy to see the strong support and to see that the priorities of London West go hand-in-hand with mine," said Kayabaga, who won her first federal election after serving one term as a London councillor.
"I think that Canadians are still wanting to move Canada forward. They want to see this fight against COVID be finished. That's what I saw tonight and I think that's what we're going to focus on."
Since 2015, the riding has been held by the Liberals, with Kate Young serving as the member of Parliament. This election, Young was the only politician across all four main London ridings who did not run for re-election.
Before the Liberals won in 2015, the seat was held by the Conservatives with current Mayor Ed Holder serving as MP from 2008 to 2011.
CBC News is projecting Conservative candidate Karen Vecchio will be re-elected to represent Elgin-Middlesex-London.
"I am so proud to be re-elected in representing this community. I am so grateful to have the trust of so many people," Vecchio told CBC London.
Vecchio won the seat by securing more than 18,000 votes than Liberal opponent Afeez Ajibowu.
"I'll be honest, that landslide I wasn't expecting ... To all of the people in this riding: I know it has been difficult and my job is to work with our provincial and municipal partners to try and move forward."
This is the most southern riding in the London region, which primarily encompasses Elgin County, St. Thomas, Aylmer and Dutton.
The seat has been held by the Conservatives since 2004. Vecchio has held the seat since 2015.
With files from Andrew Lupton, Kate Dubinski, Sofia Rodriguez and Travis Dolynny.