The provincial riding of Don Valley West has been high-profile in elections before and it’s no different this time as Premier Kathleen Wynne won the riding again.
From her election party she thanked her Don Valley West supporters for cheering the loudest.
Wynne said, “You voted for jobs. You voted for growth. Thank you for voting to build Ontario up. Let me tell you your government is ready to do exactly that.”
“You have put your trust in us. And we will not let you down. You have put your trust in us to move this province forward. And to do it with integrity. And we will not take you for granted,” she added.
With 193 of 215 polls Wynne gained 22,686 votes or 56.8 per cent. PC David Porter got 12,296 votes or 30.8 per cent. NDP Khalid Hmed gained 3,131 votes or 7.8 per cent.
Wynne has been the province’s top politician since January 2013 when she was selected to take over as leader of the Liberal Party from former premier Dalton McGuinty.
This is her first election since becoming premier.
Wynne was running against Progressive Conservative candidate David Porter, a chartered accountant with more than 20 years experience in the financial sector, most recently as a managing director at BMO Capital Markets, NDP candidate Khalid Ahmed, a criminology student, and Green Party candidate Louis Fliss, who has been the senior chiropodist (foot specialist) at the Flemingdon (Community) Health Centre for the past 25 years.
Also running were Libertarian Patrick Boyd, Independent Brock Burrows, Freedom Party of Ontario candidate Tracy Curley, Communist Dimitrios Kabitsis and Vegan Environmental Party candidate Rosemary Waigh.
Wynne, who has held several cabinet positions including education and transportation, has taken on high-profile candidates in past elections.
She was first elected in 2003 when she defeated David Turnbull, Ontario’s former transportation minister and solicitor general, with 53 per cent of the votes compared to his 39 per cent.
The most notable matchup came in 2007 when Wynne beat then-Progressive Conservative party leader John Tory, taking just more than 50 per cent of the votes compared to his showing of just less than 40 per cent.
In the 2011 election, Wynne beat PC candidate Andrea Mandel-Campbell, who has been an anchor on CTV’s Business News Network, Mexico bureau chief for London’s Financial Times and a correspondent in Argentina for Business Week magazine.
Wynne had 58 per cent of the votes to Mandel-Campbell’s 31 per cent.
Don Valley West is one of Canada’s most culturally diverse ridings, most notably in the communities of Flemingdon Park, southeast of Eglinton Avenue and Don Mills Road, and Thorncliffe Park, on the west side of Don Mills in the area of Overlea Boulevard.
The riding also takes in all income levels, from lower-income Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park, to the middle- to upper-middle income neighbourhoods of Leaside, Lawrence Park and the western half of Don Mills to the multi-million-dollar homes on the Bridle Path.