Results called in most ridings in northeastern Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie riding still too close to call
Five incumbent members of Parliament in northeastern Ontario have held onto their seats, and one new MP has been elected, as the makeup of Canada's new Parliament comes into focus. But one riding in the region was still too close to call.
In Sault Ste. Marie, there is a neck and neck race between incumbent Liberal Terry Sheehan and Conservative candidate Sonny Spina. The other candidates are NDP Marie Morin-Strom and PPC Kasper Makowski.
For the other ridings in the region, the winners have been declared. Conservative Scott Aitchison has been re-elected in the riding of Parry-Sound Muskoka, NDP Carol Hughes has been re-elected in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, NDP Charlie Angus has been re-elected in Timmins-James Bay, Liberal Marc Serré has been re-elected in Nickel Belt, Liberal Anthony Rota has been re-elected in Nipissing-Timiskaning and Liberal Viviane Lapointe has been elected in Sudbury.
Parry-Sound Muskoka, the southernmost riding in northeastern Ontario was the first in the region to have a result declared by CBC. Aitchison was first elected in 2019 and was up against Liberal candidate Jovanie Nicoyishakiye, NDP candidate Heather Hay, Green Party candidate Marc Mantha, PPC candidate Jim Tole and Independent candidate Daniel Predie.
Aitchison said he is "thrilled, overwhelmed, and very excited" by the win. He said tackling housing issues in his riding will continue to be a top priority for him when he returns to Ottawa.
Aitchison said the need for affordable housing is "just as great here as it is in Canada's biggest cities," and he wants to make sure housing issues in rural areas aren't ignored.
"I know there's a lot of people struggling in Parry Sound-Muskoka, and to know that they have put their hopes and their faith in me, it's a humbling experience, and it's a sobering experience. And it means that I've got a lot of work to do to solve some of these problems and get things moving in Ottawa."
Meanwhile in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, the NDP's Hughes said she is "elated" to be re-elected for the fifth time. Highes has represented the riding since 2008. She was up against Conservative candidate John Sagman, Liberal candiate Duke Peltier, PPC candidate Harry Jaaskelainen, Green candidate Stephen Zimmermann and Christian Heritage Party candidate Clarence Baarda.
Hughes said she is ready to work with a Liberal government.
"This is what we do, that's what NDP do," Hughes said, adding that her party "did achieve a lot during this last parliament," including pushing the Liberal government to increasing the amounts for CERB and for business wage subsidies during the pandemic.
Hughes said the "number one" issue she hears about from constituents is cell phone and internet service in the north, and she said that will continue to be a big focus for her, along with reconciliation and "addressing the shortfalls within first nations communities."
In Timmins-James Bay, fellow NDP Charlie Angus has also been re-elected. Angus has represented the riding in Ottawa since 2004. He's was up against Conservative candidate Morgan Ellerton, Liberal candidate Steve Black and PPC candidate Stephen MacLeod.
Angus said he is ready to get back to work, and said his party is ready to negotiate with the government "and try and get a better deal for people."
"We have so many issues to work on. I mean the broken promises on reconciliation, the opioid crisis has caused devastation in the communities, we need the federal government to start looking at that as a national health crisis," Angus said, adding that housing will also continue to be a priority for him.
In Nickel Belt, Liberal Marc Serré has been elected for a third term. He was up against NDP candidate Andréane Chénier, Conservative candidate Charles Humphrey, PPC candidate David Hobbs and Green candidate Craig Gravelle.
Serré celebrated at his campaign office in Val Caron as the results came in.
"Politics is a team sport, and I have the best team," Serré said in a speech.
"My job is two-fold. Represent the people of Nickel Belt, make sure that I'm there for them, and second is bring dollars to the region," Serré said.
"And that's what I believe I've done for nickel belt, and I've earned the trust obviously for a third time."
In Sudbury, Liberal candidate Viviane Lapointe beat NDP candidate Nadia Verrelli in a close race. The riding had no incumbent, as Liberal Paul Lefebvre did not seek re-election. The other candidates in the riding were Conservative candidate Ian Symington, PPC Candidate Colette Methé, Green candidate David Robinson and Independent candidate David Popescu.
In Nipissing-Timiskaming, Liberal Anthony Rota has been re-elected. He was up against Conservative candidate Steven Trahan, NDP candidate Scott Robertson and PPC candidate Gregory Galante.
Rota said he is "very happy" to be re-elected. He said he hopes this new minority government will last longer that the last one.
"I think the parties hopefully got a message that they have to work together," Rota said.