'It hurts': NDP shut out of downtown Toronto in Liberal crush

Monday's Liberal surge pushed the NDP out of every downtown Toronto riding last night, delivering NDP loses in Parkdale-High Park, Toronto-Danforth and Davenport.

Every NDP incumbent, including Peggy Nash, Andrew Cash and Craig Scott fall to Liberal surge

Andrew Thomson, NDP candidate in the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, came in third place against Conservative incumbent Joe Oliver and Liberal winner Marco Mendicino. (Michelle Siu/Canadian Press)

A Liberal wave washed over downtown Toronto on Monday night, turning the entire city red and pushing every sitting local NDP MP from their seats. 

The NDP lost former party leader Jack Layton's old seat in Toronto-Danforth as Julie Dabrusin took the riding from NDP candidate Craig Scott, winning by more than 2,000 votes. 

Other NDP incumbents who lost to the Liberals on election night were Peggy Nash in Parkdale—High Park, Matthew Kellway in Beaches—East York, and Andrew Cash in Davenport.

Andrew Thomson, a candidate for the NDP in Eglinton-Lawrence, came in third place behind Joe Oliver, a finance minister in the Conservative government, and the winner, Liberal Marco Mendicino. 

"It hurts a bit. Let's be honest, we lost a lot of good MPs last night," said Thomson on Metro Morning

Thomson admitted the NDP could've been stronger on infrastructure investment policy, but he mostly chalked up his loss to the desire for change. 

"We just lost because of the strategic voting," he said. "The good news is we got half of what we asked for, which is a change in government."

Another decisive Liberal  win came in Spadina—Fort York, where Layton's widow, Olivia Chow, lost to former Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan.

Speaking on Metro Morning, Vaughan said he noticed "a transformation" among downtown voters in recent weeks, with many NDP supporters switching their allegiance to the Liberals as election day drew near.

"It was quite a transformation over the last few weeks," a hoarse-voiced Vaughan told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway. "I remember walking up Crawford Street and people were literally coming out on their porches and saying 'Take the orange sign down and put a red one up.' And I remember turning to the person campaigning with me and saying 'You have no idea what that feels like as a candidate. You know you've won."

Galloway asked Vaughan if the Liberals' success in the city, and the NDP's poor showing, was mainly the result of progressive voters looking to block a return to power by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

"There are progressive votes in Toronto and they started having a conversation about what makes parliament work," said Vaughan. "It was important that the Liberals finished ahead of the Conservatives and that brought some people with us."

In her concession speech, Chow said she will "support (Vaughan) in progressive change," and encouraged her supporters to do the same.

"The results tonight may not have been what we had hoped for, but I ask you to join me as I congratulate Adam Vaughan on running a good campaign," Chow said.

Vaughan said a Liberal majority government in Ottawa is well-positioned to help Toronto and other cities.
Liberal Adam Vaughan, who defeated the NDP's Olivia Chow last night in Spadina-Fort York, said he noticed many NDP voters switching their support to the Liberals in the final weeks of the campaign. (CBC)

"I think what you're going to see from the federal government is a step up on urban issues, on transit and housing in particular," he said.

In another NDP ouster, New Democrat MP Mike Sullivan lost to Liberal Ahmed Hussen in York South-Weston. With the win, Hussen became the first-ever Somali-Canadian MP.


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