PC Gaudet finishes second in Pickering-Scarborough East

He may not have won but defeated Pickering-Scarborough East PC candidate Kevin Gaudet says Ontario’s voters have made a point to Premier Dalton McGuinty.

“Change may not have come to Scarborough East tonight but it’s coming to Ontario,” he said. “A strong message has been sent to the premier that you’ve been picking our pockets and taking us for granted for too long.”

Though the PC campaign failed to win a government, Gaudet said he feels the province is making a move “in the right direction.”

Gaudet lost to Liberal Tracy MacCharles in the Oct. 6 provincial election.

MacCharles moved ahead of Gaudet early in the vote tally and ended with more than 46 per cent of the vote. Gaudet finished second with more than 33 per cent.

Gaudet arrived at his election party after stopping by the MacCharles campaign party to congratulate her.

“I did suggest to her party that if she could steal any of my ideas, it should be to clean up the Rouge [River] at least,” Gaudet said jokingly.

“As Tracy pointed out, this isn’t my home, but I felt at home here,” Gaudet told his supporters.

As for what comes next, Gaudet said he plans mow his lawn, celebrate his anniversary and “who the hell knows after that.”

Pickering-Scarborough East has been a Liberal riding since 2003.

NDP candidate Nerissa Cario finished third with more than 16 per cent of the vote.