In the wake of the robo-calls scandal, Scarborough Rouge-River MPP Bas Balkissoon finds that to be only one of the many issues deteriorating Canada’s elections process.
Scarborough now has full representation in the McGuinty cabinet. Earlier this month, MPPs Margarett Best of Scarborough-Guildwood and Scarborough Centre’s Brad Duguid were appointed Minister of Consumer Services and Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, respectively. Scarborough’s remaining four MPPs have been given roles of parliamentary assistants.
Voters painted Scarborough red again on Oct. 6, with all six ridings remaining in Liberal hands. Scarborough-Guildwood was expected to be a tight race between MPP Maragrett Best and PC candidate Gary Elis, a former police superintendent in 42 and 43 Divisions. The results, though, told a different story.
Applause and cheers erupted from the crowd at Liberal candidate Bas Balkissoon’s campaign office last night when it was announced he was re-elected as the MPP for provincial riding Scarborough Rouge River.
For the third provincial election in a row, Scarborough Rouge-River is red territory. Liberal MPP Bas Balkissoon won the riding with a total of 12,032 votes, good for 41.22 per cent of the ballots cast.
Bas Balkissoon of the Liberal Party is reelected in Scarborough-Rouge River. NDP candidate Neethan Shan sits in second.
There may not be any special perks in it specifically for Scarborough but the Ontario budget announced last week is good “in general”, a couple of local councillors agree.
The state of the TTC is under scrutiny yet again, this time due to a private member’s bill, submitted Jan. 22 by Liberal MPP David Caplan.