Liberal Minority Government Elected by Canadians
THUNDER BAY – UPDATED – Election 2019 has seen a couple of very serious campaigns come down, across Northwestern Ontario to two Liberal wins, and a very tight race in Kenora. Patty Hajdu will return to Ottawa, and likely to the cabinet as well. Dr. Marcus Powlowski will enter the House of Commons as well, as the Liberal MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River.
Nationally, the call for a Liberal minority government is made. Justin Trudeau will be looking to either the New Democrats or Greens for support.
The Conservatives topped the popular vote. But the Liberals have elected or leading more MPs. Maxine Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party has gone down to defeat in his home riding. Long-time Liberal titan Ralph Goodale went down to defeat in Saskatchewan.
Former Liberal cabinet minister Jane Philpot lost her bid to be re-elected as an independent. However, in British Columbia, Jody Wilson-Raybould is leading in her riding.
The Green Party will hold three seats in Parliament. Leader Elizabeth May won re-election, but it is quite likely despite increasing the seat total that there will be some serious decisions about her leadership.
The Bloq in Quebec gained 22 seats to finish with a total of 32 seats taking down several higher-profile New Democrats.
Northwestern Ontario Results
In Thunder Bay-Superior North incumbent Patty Hajdu has secured a return to the House of Commons. New Democrat Anna Betty Achneepineskum was leading after the first two polls reported in, but Hajdu then took the lead and never looked back. Conservative candidate Frank Pullia as of 11:40 pm was in second place, a position that the Conservatives have never held in a long time in the riding.
Thunder Bay-Rainy River has seen Marcus Powlowski off to an early lead, and the Emergency Room Doctor maintained that steady lead over Linda Rydholm and Yuk-Sem Won too win a seat in parliament
The nail-bitter of the night is in Kenora where the New Democrat Rudy Turtle was off too an early lead with the far north ridings reporting in. However, since then, the lead had been a real fight between the NDP candidate, Liberal incumbent Bob Nault, and Conservative Eric Melillo.
As of 11:45 pm, CDT Melillo has a razor-thin lead, followed by Turtle and then Nault.
That lead held and the youthful Melillo is off to Ottawa replacing the former cabinet minister and long-serving MP Nault
The polls have closed in Thunder Bay-Superior North at 9:30 pm EDT. Polls in Thunder Bay-Rainy River have also closed in the city but results for TBRR will be delayed an hour as the polls are still open in the western parts of the riding. This is due to an error on the voter cards made by Elections Canada on the voting cards.
National Results Update:
Local Results for NORTHWESTERN Ontario
Thunder Bay-Rainy River 65/195
Thunder Bay Superior North 85/203 Polls Reporting
The activity at the polls through the day has been brisk and it is possible that weather had many people out early to vote and avoid the wet weather.
Throughout the night, we will be updating the results for Kenora, Thunder Bay-Rainy River, and Thunder Bay-Superior North.
Across the region, these three races have seen some shifts in the polling numbers. However, the only poll that matters is the count of the ballots tonight.
The National Polls have shown this to be a very tight election. There are a few things worth noting with regard to the poll numbers being shared widely on social media sites is that the number of people in Northwestern Ontario who are included in the national polls has been very small and pollsters have been taking those numbers and extrapolating them to give results for the three Northwestern Ontario ridings.
Poll Hours Across Canada
Newfoundland — 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Atlantic — 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Eastern — 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Central — 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mountain — 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pacific — 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Stay-tuned Northwestern Ontario and Thunder Bay for wild and wet election night 2019.