World News – CA – Marci Ien and Ya’ara Saks elected to Toronto Center, York Center in by-election


The Liberal Party of Canada has retained two Toronto ridings after by-elections in Toronto Center and York Center, but candidates from opposing parties have gained ground since the year’s general election last

Small business owner Ya’ara Saks was elected MP for York Center after an at times extremely close battle At one point, Saks was just one vote behind the business owner and candidate from the Conservative Party of Canada, Julius Tiangson

It took almost four hours for all the votes to count, but Saks eventually got 8,253 votes and Tiangson got 7,552 votes, a difference of 39 percent

Andrea Vásquez Jiménez from the NDP came third and received 1,046 votes Maxime Bernier, former MP from Quebec and leader of the People’s Party of Canada, ran to York Center and received 642 votes Sasha Zavarella, from the Party Canada Green, received 461 votes

The by-election results marked a notable drop for the Liberals, which was also the first federal electoral test since the coronavirus pandemic began In 2019, Michael Levitt, who resigned in September to become president and chief of the management of the Canadian Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, had a 135% lead against the then conservative challenger

In the downtown Toronto Center riding, veteran Liberal journalist Marci Ien was successful in her candidacy to succeed former Finance Minister Bill Morneau after his high-profile resignation in August

Ien topped with 10,579 votes Annamie Paul, who was elected leader of the Green Party of Canada three and a half weeks ago, took 8,250 votes Brian Chang of the NDP came third with 4,280 votes Benjamin Gauri Sharma ran for the Conservatives and finished fourth with 1,435 votes

« What a night It’s a little surreal. I was a journalist, talk show host about five or six weeks ago and now have the honor of representing the Toronto Center, » Ien told the journalists Monday evening

« Please hold me accountable I want to have an open door policy – an office where people know they can come in… I want them to know that I’m here for them »

Ien, who brought her attention to swearing in as a Central Toronto MP, said her priorities are to ensure supports are available for residents and businesses amid the pandemic of ongoing coronavirus, as well as tackling affordable housing and homelessness She said she had a particular message for voters and for those who want to engage in politics

« I won’t leave them behind You look at the daughter of immigrants who landed in St James Town in the late 60s in hopes of giving their children a chance and I stand here, and if I can stay here, they can, ”said Ien

« We need more women in politics We need more diversity at the table And when I said those words, a lot of people reached out »

Blaize Exeter, Ien’s daughter, was one of the few people standing next to her mother after the results were announced and spoke briefly on behalf of her mother

« It’s just amazing The last 36 days… seeing my mom completely transform from being a co-host to running for an election is completely different It was crazy for all of us and for her to be able to do all of this « She told reporters

Like York Center, Toronto Center has a strong Liberal past and the by-election saw a drop in the vote share of the Morneau party defeating Chang nearly three to one in the election of 2019 and Paul was far fourth when she showed up

Paul, who spoke on Monday night before full results were announced, said the Green Party has made significant inroads in Toronto, and Toronto Center in particular, calling it « the most Liberal riding. safest country « 

« We said we came to provide real representation and real choice to the people of a riding who desperately need it after decades of Liberal neglect, » she told supporters during a speech. celebration aired on Zoom, calling the Green Party of Canada, « the independent and progressive option » in politics

« We have arrived We promised we were going to give people an option Despite the timing, despite all the liberal machine that has come together to make sure their candidate gets elected, we still give them a great run for their money « 

Paul noted that several neighborhoods in central Toronto have been affected by COVID-19, unemployment and homelessness, and called for action to address these issues

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole thanked Tiangson and Sharma for their candidacies He said the total votes meant a drop in support for the government

« These results in two of the country’s safest Liberal seats show Canadians are losing faith in Justin Trudeau, » he wrote in a Twitter post.

Meanwhile, voter turnout in Toronto Center and York Center was 3,096 percent and 2,564 percent, respectively

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Marci Ien, Toronto Center by election

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