Conservatives hang on to York-Simcoe riding

Liberals and NDP split other two federal bye-elections

Each of the three main federal parties snagged a seat in yesterday’s bye-elections.

Scot Davidson retained York-Simcoe for the Conservatives. Former Tory House Leader Peter Van Loan had held the riding since he was first elected in 2004. Davidson took 53 percent of the vote for the Tories, ahead of Liberal Shaun Tanaka with 30 percent.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh won in Burnaby South. Singh garnered 38 percent of the vote. The Liberal contender took 26 percent and the Conservative with 22 percent. Of note, is the 11 percent of votes for the breakaway People’s Party of Canada led by former Conservative Maxime Bernier. It is seen as a possible threat to votes for the Conservative Party in tight races this fall.

The Liberals, last night, reclaimed the Montreal riding of Outremont, which had been held by former NDP leader Tom Mulcair. The riding had been a Liberal stronghold until Mulcair’s victory in a 2007 bye-election.

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