Once considered one of the safest federal Liberal seats in the country, York Centre is now painted blue.
In a stunning upset, the Liberal Party of Canada lost the seat it has held since 1962 when MP Ken Dryden was ousted by rookie politician Mark Adler once results were tallied in the Monday, May 2 federal election.
With 208 of 250 polls reporting, Adler had garnered 17,613 votes (49.3 per cent) while Dryden was well behind with 11,712 (32.8 per cent). Nick Brownlee for the NDP (15.6 per cent) and Rosemary Frei (2.3 per cent) for the Green Party were also on the ballot.
Dryden entered the room at the Montecassino Hotel in front of a cheering crowd. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008.
"The people of Canada have spoken, the people of York Centre have spoken and the people are always right," said Dryden. "I'd like to thank the people of York Centre, who have been very trusting of me for the past seven years and have given me the incredible privilege of representing York Centre."
He added, "This is the hardest and most difficult campaign I've been involved with and by the far the most fun."
Adler, meanwhile, was thrilled with his victory, in which he took nearly one out of every two votes cast.
"I knew from day one it was going to be a close race," he said.
As for what he had to say to his constituents, Adler said he's eager to get started.
"We have a lot of work to do together," Adler said. "Tonight's a night for celebration. Tomorrow the work starts."