Jul 01, 2014
By Jane Brown
Federal Liberals are celebrating Canada Day with two newly elected Members of Parliament. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won both by-elections in Toronto. Arnold Chan held onto the Liberal seat in Scarborough-Agincourt, which was left vacant by Jim Karygiannis. And Adam Vaughan unseated the New Democrats in Trinity-Spadina. The former Toronto city councillor gave credit to the party’s leader for the victory. “Justin, you promised a big team. My goodness! That’s a big team,” Vaughan smiled as he looked at all the supporters behind him at his victory party, “Justin thank you very much. I’ve been introduced as the new MP. This is the next prime minister of this country because we’re going to do the hard work and deliver. We’re on our way!”
(photo credit: Toronto Star)
In Fort McMurray-Athabasca, ground zero in the oil sands debate, the Liberal candidate had some 35 per cent of the vote but went down to defeat to the Conservative candidate. The Liberals were not a factor in the Alberta riding of Macleod where the Conservative cruised to victory with nearly 70 percent of the vote.