Barrie-area ridings stay blue even as Liberals form another minority government

Local MPs re-elected, much of Simcoe County remains blue

Meet your Barrie-area Members of Parliament. You might already be familiar with them.

Barrie-Innisfil Conservative John Brassard was re-elected for a third time on Monday night, having taken a comfortable lead early in the evening. After his win was declared, he noted that more people seemed to get involved in this election than in years previous.

“At the beginning of this campaign, we were absolutely amazed at how many people came forward, how many people wanted to volunteer, how many signs people wanted to put on their lawn. We’ve never seen anything like that in the two previous elections,” he said during his victory speech. “A lot of people were engaged in this election, and I want to say thank you to all of the new people who came forward. It’s my sincere hope that you all stick together with us as we move forward.”

Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard speaking to his supporters

“While I am disappointed with the outcome, I am glad that I had the opportunity to run as the Liberal candidate for Barrie-Innisfil,” said Lisa-Marie Wilson. “I would like to thank our campaign’s dedicated volunteers who spent hours canvassing, making calls, and being an incredibly hard-working team.  I would also like to thank all other candidates for running respectful campaigns, and wish John Brassard all the best”

Meanwhile, the voters of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte overwhelmingly chose Conservative Doug Shipley to represent them in Ottawa once again. This is Shipley’s second federal election win, his second working with a minority Liberal Government. “I’m local. I’m representing locals as best I can. We’ll get together as a caucus, I’m sure, and do some planning and figure out how to best make this work for everybody in Canada.”

MP Doug Shipley speaking following his win in Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte

Shipley pointed out there’s plenty of work to be done as a country. “There’s a lot of divisiveness right now, we heard that at the doors. A lot of people are pitting each other against each other for different issues, many different issues. And it’s time to get people back together and bring Canada back together and be a cohesive country in working forward.,” he told Barrie 360.

Much of the region swung blue on election night; Conservative Terry Dowdall was re-elected in his riding of Simcoe-Grey, while Adam Chambers won the Simcoe North seat for the Conservative Party as well. Conservative Scott Davidson will represent York Simcoe in Ottawa.