Some of the surprises of the night.
People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier was defeated in the Quebec riding of Beauce Monday night. Bernier won the Beauce riding for the Tories in the 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015 elections before breaking with the party and launching his own right-wing party in September 2018. As leader, Bernier campaigned on cutting taxes, ending corporate subsidies, drastically cutting immigration and encouraging provinces to develop their natural resources. However, he also faced criticism from his rivals for not doing enough to weed out racists from his party and for denying there’s a scientific consensus that humans are responsible for climate change. Bernier lost to Andrew Scheer by less than two percentage points in the 2017 race for Tory leader. He attributed his loss to a concerted campaign by Quebec dairy farmers who were upset that Bernier was proposing to end the supply management system that regulates the price of eggs, dairy and poultry.
The Greens snagged a seat out east
Fredericton, New Brunswick was a toss-up between the Liberals, Conservatives and Greens, but it was the Green candidate Jenica Atwin that emerged victorious, winning over Liberal candidate Matt DeCourcey. Atwin was projected to end up in third place.
Jody Wilson-Raybould going back to Ottawa as an independent
Wilson-Raybould, the former Liberal MP who famously clashed with her former boss Justin Trudeau over the SNC-Lavalin affair will be going back to Ottawa as an independent MP for her riding of Vancouver-Granville. Wilson-Raybould won by a very slight margin, beating Conservative candidate Zach Segal. Earlier this year, Wilson-Raybould said she was pressured by Trudeau’s office to grant the Montreal engineering firm a deferred prosecution agreement and was eventually ousted from the Liberal caucus for not adhering to party discipline. Months later, the ethics commissioner determined that Trudeau had in fact violated the Conflict of Interest Act by exerting pressure on Wilson-Raybould.
Conservative heavyweight Lisa Raitt lost by almost 3,500 votes in the highly-contested GTA riding of Milton, Ont., with Liberal candidate and Olympic gold medallist Adam van Koeverden emerging winner. Raitt has held her seat for more than a decade, but Milton’s demographics have changed plenty in that time frame, seeing in particular, an influx of younger and more diverse voters.
Election 2019 marked the end of former Liberal MP Jane Philpott’s political career for now, as she ended up in third place behind the Liberal and Conservative candidates. Her riding, Markham-Stouffville was won by Liberal candidate Helena Jaczyk. Philpott ran as an Independent after clashing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair, and was eventually kicked out of caucus.
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The NDP had an average night
Despite charting a last minute surge in the polls, the NDP managed to pick up just over 20 seats as of 11.30pm ET, losing quite a bit of ground from last time around. However, in any coalition government they would wield a lot of power, given that the Liberals and the NDP have a combined seat count of well over 170 seats. In 2015, the NDP won 44 seats, and 19.7 percent of the popular vote. They are projected to have won just 15 per cent of the popular vote this time.
Longtime Liberal MP Ralph Goodale went down to defeat in his riding in Saskatchewan. Goodale, 70, lost his seat to Conservative Michael Kram.
In a concession speech, Goodale thanked his campaign team and the “huge body of deep personal friends” he had built over his time as MP. “I just want you to know when you get into a political campaign, you develop a very close bond, and it’s very intense for those 40 days of an election campaign. But I have been so fortunate that it’s not just a 40-day temporary thing.”
The only progressive seat in Alberta … remains progressive.
The NDP appeared to hold on to Edmonton-Strathcona, with candidate Heather McPherson, narrowly beating the Conservative’s Sam Lilly. The NDP’s former candidate Linda Duncan had been the lone NDP MP from Alberta since 2008, but announced that she was not planning to seek election in 2019, shortly after the province was swept by Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party.
The Liberals snagged the GTA, except for three seats
The GTA, widely considered a swing region, went red yet again, with the Liberals winning all but three seats in the region — Thornhill, Markham-Unionville and Aurora-Oakridges-Richmond Hill. All those three seats went to the Conservatives. One notable win was Leona Alleslev the incumbent from Aurora-Oakridges-Richmond Hill, who won under the Liberal banner in 2015, but crossed the floor to the Conservatives midway through her term, saying that the Liberals had not adequately addressed some “foundational challenges” facing Canada, such as tax reform and their handling of the economy.
The Bloc is back
The Bloc won 35 seats in Quebec, a whopping 25 seat increase from 2015.