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ONTARIO ELECTION: Painful cliffhangers and other disappointing numbers

Bookmark and SharePaul Ferreira told supporters on Oct 6 that York South-Weston knows how to do cliffhangers. He was right, but his race wasn’t the only
to go down to the wire.

The out gay NDP candidate for the Toronto riding was eventually
beaten by Liberal incumbent Laura Albanese, but just a few hundred votes
separated the two.

It was a similar story in many ridings, especially in
downtown Toronto, which also saw tight races between the Liberals and the NDP
in Trinity Spadina and Davenport.

The NDP’s Jonah Schein took Davenport from the Liberal Party, a similar result to May’s federal election, when the NDP’s Andrew Cash
won the riding, known for its large Portuguese community.

Similarly, the NDP fought hard to hold on to its seat in
Trinity Spadina, where incumbent Rosario Marchese came close to losing to
Liberal Sarah Thomson.

In Perth-Wellington, Liberal environment minister John Wilkinson
lost his seat to Progressive Conservative Randy Pettapiece in another close

Other close numbers appeared in voter percentages, with 38
percent of Ontarians voting Liberal and 35 percent voting PC. Looking at actual
seat counts, it’s easy to see how much the first-past-the-post system can
distort. However, don’t hold your breath waiting for PC calls to change this
now that Tim Hudak feels he has Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals on “a much shorter

The one number that was predictable yet
disappointing was voter turnout, clocking in at a pathetic 42 percent. On
a warm October day, when there was so much at stake, this is really the most
frustrating result of the entire election.