The former Liberal Party president is among four new MPs elected in as many constituencies on Monday evening, at the end of by-elections that did not change the color of Canada’s electoral map.
After all ballot boxes were counted, Ms. Gainey defeated her nine opponents with 50.8% of the vote. This was followed by NDP candidates Jean-François Filion, Conservative Party candidates Mathew Kaminski and Green Party candidates Jonathan Pedneault, each receiving between 13.3 and 13.8%.
When her win was announced, Ms. Gainey said she was very honored and proud of her volunteers.
“I have been involved for a long time and now have the opportunity to truly represent my community. “I was born here, I’m raising my family here, I’m home, and with Mr. Garneau’s retirement, this is the opportunity to take that leap,” she said.
Ten people wanted to succeed retiring minister Marc Garneau, who announced his resignation last March.
The Liberal Party of Canada also retains its support in Winnipeg South Centre, where Ben Carr, the son of long-serving MP Jim Carr, who died last December, was easily elected with 55.5% of the vote after a full count.
Conservative Party candidate Damir Stipanovic came in second with 23.7% of the vote, ahead of the NDP’s Julia Riddell, who received 14.5% of the vote.
In total, a total of 48 candidates were officially listed on the ballot in Manitoba.
New setback for Maxime Bernier
For his part, People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier failed to win back a seat in the House of Commons, losing to Conservative Brendan Leslie in a five-way race in Portage-Lisgar, also in Manitoba.
With nearly 100% of ballot boxes counted, Mr. Leslie, a former Parliament Hill staffer, was in the lead with 64.9% of the vote. Far behind was Mr Bernier with 17.2% of the vote, while Liberal Kerry Smith received 8.7%.
Mr. Bernier wanted to give his party a bigger voice and prove that the conservatives are not strong enough in the “culture wars” that concern their supporters. He campaigned against transgender-inclusive policies and promised to reopen the abortion debate.
In the last federal election, Mr Bernier’s candidate received almost 22% of the vote in the constituency, which elected Conservative and former interim party leader Candice Bergen. She announced last fall that she was retiring.
Oxford remains in conservative circles
Six losing candidates failed to capture the Conservative stronghold of Oxford, a largely rural area in southern Ontario.
The outgoing MP, Conservative Dave MacKenzie, announced in December he was giving up his seat after winning the 2021 federal election with almost 47% of the vote.
He said the infighting within the party had resulted in the “dirtiest election campaign we have ever seen in our constituency”. The outgoing Conservative also caused a surprise by supporting Liberal candidate David Hilderley, who came second in the race.
His seat was particularly coveted by conservative Arpan Khanna, a candidacy rejected by the outgoing MP, who had accused Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and the leader in the House of Representatives, former leader Andrew Scheer, of trying to influence the nomination in their local elections Association to have interfered in the process and withdrawal of power from the base.
Nevertheless, she is the foal of the conservative Tenors, who won this constituency with 43% of the vote. compared to 36.2% for David Hilderley, after counting 265 of the 267 ballot boxes.
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