New MPP MacCharles promises community accessibility

She beat cancer twice but tonight she’s celebrating another victory.

Liberal candidate Tracy MacCharles was elected in Scarborough-Pickering East in the Oct. 6 provincial election.

“I’m in a very good place today, much better then the place I was a year ago,” she said. “I’m here now because of my family and friends.”

Red and white balloons, election signs and supporters in a celebratory mood packed a room at Lone Star Bar and Grill in Pickering.

Her Progressive Conservative opponent, Kevin Gaudet, joined the party to congratulate MacCharles, describing her as “a lady who ran a clean campaign, good campaign, strong campaign.”

MacCharles won with more than 46 per cent of the vote to Gaudet’s 33 per cent.

“Tracy didn’t just win, she shined and I couldn’t be more proud,” yelled one supporter.

MacCharles’s daughter Genevieve and son Travis were by her side as she thanked her supporters.

As a newcomer to politics, she said she is thrilled Scarborough-Pickering East wants to continue the Liberal streak.

“As your neighbour, as your friend, I will be accessible to you,” MacCharles said. “My campaign was built on a commitment of accessibility, accountability and action.”

At the end of her speech, she reminisced about the incredible journey she had that started with a discussion last winter around her dining room table.

“We created [the campaign] our own way, the only way we know how to get things done,” MacCharles said. “We learn from others and build new relationships along the way.

“We had a lot of fun.”