A snap election called during a global pandemic was bound to intrigue. Vote-sharing took on a new form, fueled by anti-vaccination sentiment by a growing right-wing populist party and the Green Party, fueled by internal squabbles, with some key office bearers falling and unhinged newbies emerging. Here is a brief look at some of the notable winners and losers of Election 2021.
Jenika Atwin, the Green Party floor-crosser who joined the Liberals just three months before the election, held a 500-vote lead with all but one poll reporting. Ms Atwin made a major breakthrough for the Greens in 2019 as her first elected MP from the region in Atlantic Canada. But Ms. Atwin withdrew from the party over a conflict over Israel policy.
At the Kitchener Center, the Green Party achieved a long-awaited Ontario success, thanks to the withdrawal of a Liberal Party candidate from the race. Liberal incumbent Raj Saini halted his campaign in early September after a series of allegations of inappropriate behavior. He denied any wrongdoing. Although his campaign was suspended, his name remained on the ballot, and Mr. Saini still received nearly one out of five votes. Green candidate in favor of vote-sharing mike morris, who looked set to win with around 33 per cent of the vote.
Leslyn LewisThe Conservative leadership emerged from political obscurity to finish third in the campaign, winning Haldimand-Norfolk for the Conservatives. The Ontario Riding is a Conservative stronghold held since 2004 by former Conservative cabinet minister Diane Finlay, who announced her resignation in May. Dr. Lewis, a lawyer by profession, raised more than $2 million in 2020 to lead his party on a socially conservative platform.
liberal fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan, which was handed a controversial file during recent controversies over First Nations lobster fisheries, lost its Nova Scotia on Monday night. He was defeated by Conservative candidate Rick Perkins.
Mary Moncef, the first Afghan-Canadian MP who served in the cabinet as Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, lost her seat in Peterborough-Kawartha. Ms Monseff was criticized by her detractors during the campaign to appeal to the Taliban, whom she referred to as “brothers”, to allow refugees out of the country safely. He is trailing Conservative Michelle Ferreri by more than 3,000 votes.
The NDP lost its only seat in Atlantic Canada. Jack Harris had been a mainstay in St John’s East, running the ride on and off from 1987 until his retirement this year. his successor, Mary Shortall, fell to Liberal Joan Thompson.
Leader of the People’s Party of Canada, for the second consecutive election Maxime Bernier Buse failed to win his ride, which he held as a Conservative from 2006 until resigning from the party in 2018 following a defeat under the leadership of Andrew Scheer. He was projected to finish a distant second, riding Conservative incumbent Richard Lehoux. Throughout the campaign, Mr Bernier fueled anti-vaccine sentiment during rallies across the country, which often shied away from public health restrictions. He failed to surpass that interest in a single seat, attracting nearly 5 per cent support nationally, up from 2 per cent in 2019.
Annie Paul Always riding its own, Toronto Center faced long odds of winning, but the degree of defeat was stifling. As of Tuesday morning, she was sitting in fourth place with only 8 percent of the vote, compared to 50 percent of Liberal incumbent Marcy Inn. She spent much of the year quelling a one-party rebellion that led Frederickton MP Jenika Atwin to sided with the Liberals. Nationwide, green support fell from 7 percent in 2019 to about 2.2 percent.
Evie Lewis Earlier this year he made national headlines when he announced his NDP candidacy for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country. The broadcaster, son of former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis and husband of author Naomi Klein, garnered support from the likes of David Suzuki and Jane Fonda. Progressive pedigree and star support was not enough. As of Tuesday morning, he was sitting in third place behind Liberal incumbent Patrick Weiler and Conservative John Weston.
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