For the fourth time in a row, New Democrat Michael Prue has won in the riding of Beaches-East York.
The incumbent said he was confident going into election day, but the results showed that it was a tighter race than he may have expected. Helen Burstyn, who ran an agressive Liberal campaign, was able to snatch 36.17% of the votes. In 2007, the Liberals finished with 25.8% of the vote.
Prue finished with 46.61% of the votes, while PC’s Chris Menary gathered 14.04% and the Green Party’s Shawn Ali only managed to get 2.68%.
At the Naval Club of Toronto, NDP supporters gathered to celebrate Prue’s victory. Prue was joined by Matthew Kellway, MP, and City of Toronto councillor Janet Davis.
“This is our neighbourhood, this is our community. We do it for each other and tonight I think the people of Beaches-East York said that we are a team,” said Prue during his speech.
At the Wise Guys Deluxe Grill & Bar on Danforth, one would think that Burstyn had won in the riding. The crowd was upbeat mainly because the results indicated another Ontario Liberal government.
“We need to work together. I think that some of the divide and conquer of politics that we heard in this election is not the style that we want to see in our government,” said Burstyn of the Liberal win.
Burstyn said she’ll eventually run again, but not sure if provincially or federally, or even locally.
“This has been the most rewarding, exciting thing I’ve ever done,” said Burstyn of her experience. “And did I mention that we were the funniest, and had the most fun?” she added with a huge smile on her face.