Liberal wave covers Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Domenic Loschiavo interviews Liberal MP James Maloney before his victory. Photo: Alex Drobin) Domenic Loschiavo interviews Liberal MP James Maloney before his victory. Photo: Alex Drobin)

Hunter Follon and Corey Brehaut
Senior Reporters

Liberal James Maloney took the Parliamentary seat for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

In this election he faced off against Conservative incumbent MP Bernard Trottier, who hoped to hold onto his position, and New Democratic Party candidate Phil Trotter.

There was some concern over Trottier losing votes to Trotter due to their similar surnames.

“Maybe if I won by 50 votes,” Trotter had said in an earlier interview with Humber News. “Some have suggested I may have done it strategically, but that wasn’t my intention.”

The Toronto-area riding is heavily made up of immigrants, lower and middle-class families and college students. The riding has been primarily Liberal until a surprise upset in 2011, when it went to Trottier.

Nearly 40 per cent of eligible Etobicoke-Lakeshore voters list something other than English as their first language, according to Statistics Canada’s 2011 Census.

In the same census, 15 per cent of Etobicoke-Lakeshore residents list a Slavic language, primarily Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, and Serbian as their native tongue.

Etobicoke-Lakeshore, which encompasses the Humber College Lakeshore campus, was the scene of defeat for Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff when the Trottier overthrew him in the 2011 Canadian Federal Election which gained a majority for the Tories.

This time, in the Liberal red wave that swept Canada, Trottier lost to James Maloney, who was briefly appointed to Toronto City Council in 2014 to represent Ward 5, after the resignation of Peter Milcyzn.

According to CBC, Maloney won with 34,641 votes, 54 per cent vote share over Trottier with 20,807 votes and 32 percent of the vote share.

With files from Alex Drobin, Domenic Loschiavo and Chelsea Alphonso

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