The winning candidate in Monday night’s federal election in Newmarket-Aurora credits a positive campaign for the victory.
After 78 days, the longest campaign in modern Canadian history, the residents of Newmarket-Aurora chose Liberal candidate Kyle Peterson, who earned more than 45 per cent of votes, according to the CBC Canada Votes website. Speaking to supporters at local restaurant Colonel Mustard’s, Peterson thanked his team.
“We ran a great campaign,” he said. “And right from the get-go we made the commitment to do it right and run a positive campaign and prove that hope and hard work can lead to victory and tonight we’ve proven that.”
It was a tight race between Peterson and Conservative incumbent Lois Brown, who accumulated 42.6 per cent of the ballots. In the end, only about 1,500 votes would separate the two candidates. Yvonne Kelly of the NDP came third with 8.5 per cent of ballots.
There was noticeable excitement among local Liberal supporters, Monday night, as they watched both their candidate and party win the election. The room erupted in applause when Peterson was shown to be in the lead on the CBC coverage broadcast in the room.
Peterson became the first Liberal MP in the riding in eight years. Landon Tresise, Peterson’s campaign manager, saw it as a sign that the people wanted change.
“There was a really big appetite for change in this riding,” he said. “It wasn’t that there wasn’t a lot of change in the riding itself. … Justin Trudeau put forward a positive message and Kyle Peterson put forward a positive message within this riding and people within this riding really felt it.”