Progressive Conservative candidate Lorne Coe handily won the by-election yesterday in the Whitby-Oshawa riding. Lorne won the riding with 52% of the vote despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s last minute visit to try and shore up the Liberal vote. He’s now representing the riding held by Christine Elliott and the late Jim Flaherty.
Lorne worked hard to meet many people in his riding to share his vision and to find out the issues that were important to them. I had the pleasure of canvassing with Lorne and saw first hand the support he had in his riding.
Congratulation Lorne on becoming the newest PC member of the Ontario Legislature!
This is the Globe and Mail report on the victory:
PC’s Lorne Coe wins big in Whitby-Oshawa by-election
Voters in an Ontario by-election have meted out a harsh blow to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals, handing a 25-point victory to the Progressive Conservatives in Whitby-Oshawa.
Ms. Wynne fought hard to wrest the seat from Patrick Brown’s Tories – deploying a barrage of negative advertising and calling in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to campaign in the riding – but lost in a rout.
Tory candidate Lorne Coe crushed Liberal Elizabeth Roy, 53 per cent to 28 per cent with nearly all polls reporting late Thursday evening. NDP candidate Niki Lundquist trailed with 16 per cent. The win was a huge improvement for the Tories over the past general election, when they prevailed in the riding by nine points.