Liberals voted safely back into Etobicoke North

Aresell Joseph and Ken Kellar
Senior Reporters

The Liberal Party has won Etobicoke North since 1988, and this week held the trend with Kirsty Duncan being elected.

Early forum polls predicted Duncan  would maintain Liberal support in  her riding, as has been the trend for  the last three decades.

She reaffiremed the Liberal’s hold by winning an insurmountable 62 per cent of the riding with more than 26 thousand votes.

Duncan has been an MP since 2008, making this her third term in a row, and had said before Monday’s election she intended to build upon her accomplishments if re-elected.

In Ottawa, she has fought for better protection of the environment and women’s rights, and has sponsored more than 19 bills directed towards health and family issues.

Prior to the Liberal hold on the riding, which encompasses the Humber College North campus, the old Progressive Conservative party held it for one term from 1984 to 1988.

In this week’s election, Conservative challenger Toyin Dada was the former executive director of a non-profit and her platform said she would follow Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s political agenda if elected.

Dada’s campaign website said she would lobby in Ottawa for lower taxes, improving national security and balancing the budget.

The conservatives only received 24 per cent of votes while the New Democratic Party trailed third with 12 per cent support from voters.

NDP candidate Faisal Hassan had said he was committed to his party’s platform.

On his website, he declared a Mulcair-led government would focus on creating affordable childcare and jobs with a strong focus on the manufacturing sector and small businesses.

Hassan also said that alongside Mulcair, he would support the NDP’s plan to improve CPP and amend the Canada’s workplace pension plan.

Meanwhile, the Greens fielded a first-generation immigrant to Canada from Pakistan, Akhtar Ayub Khan, a mechanical engineer by trade.

He ran unsuccessfully against Etobicoke North Councillor Vincent Crisanti in the 2014 municipal election.

The riding of Etobicoke North is in the City of Toronto’s northwestern corner and is home to more than 111,000 residents, 60 per cent of which are immigrants, according to the 2011 census.

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