New Liberal MP inspired by stories of need among constituents

The winner in Monday’s federal election campaign in Toronto-Centre says he ran because he was inspired by constituents in his riding.

Bill Morneau addresses supporters following the Monday night federal vote.
Bill Morneau addresses supporters following the Monday night federal vote.

Liberal Bill Morneau, now the MP for Toronto-Centre, celebrated his victory Monday night at the Paint Box Bistro, in Regent Park. About 100 supporters attended the reception. He attracted over 57 per cent of the votes, according to the CBC Canada Votes website, while his nearest competitor, NDP candidate Linda McQuaig captured nearly 27 per cent. Conservative Julian Di Battista was third with 12 per cent of ballots.

Morneau explained that a 15-year-old girl, a volunteer, had at one time shown him a list with all of her family members’ names on it; there was also a number on the page corresponding with a spot on the waitlist for Toronto Community Housing. The family had been waiting for nine years. Morneau said that her story inspired him to run for election.

“Inspiring stories along the way … make me feel like I’ve made … the right decision to step forward to be Member of Parliament.”

Liberals became a majority government with 175 seats in the House of Commons, with Prime Minister designate, Justin Trudeau, promising a better economy and benefits for the middle class. Morneau plans to focus on economic growth and investment during his term.

“We are going to make a better Canada,” Morneau said. “We are going to invest in infrastructure that is going to create jobs… (and) make people’s lives better.”

Morneau was thankful for all the support he received during his campaign.

“Making Canada better started with… (a) group of people who helped me out,” he said.