The polls have closed in Ontario’s 41st general election. Here are some key races that were crucial to deciding the outcome.
Liberal candidate Peter Milczyn won the riding, deafeating PC candidate and former Toronto deputy mayor Doug Holyday.
Holyday won the riding by a tight margin in a 2013 by-election, beating out his former city hall colleague, Peter Milczyn.
Etobicoke-Lakeshore was the only Tory riding in Toronto. Mr. Milczyn’s victory returns the riding to the Liberals, who controlled it for 10 years before Mr. Holyday’s win.
This time however, Mr. Holyday didn’t have Etobicoke natives Rob and Doug Ford campaigning for him. The Toronto mayor is still in rehab.
Etobicoke-Lakeshore, 2013 by-election
Harinder Malhi has won the riding, keeping it in Liberal hands.
The Liberals narrowly managed to hold on to this riding in 2011, when PC candidate Pam Hundal lost by fewer than 3,000 votes to high-profile incumbent Linda Jeffrey. Ms. Jeffrey gave up her seat in March, however, to run in Brampton’s mayoral race and was replaced by Malhi in this election.
NDP candidate Gurpreet Dhillon had hoped to sweep up the riding in the same orange wave that won Bramalea-Gore-Malton for the party in 2011. The NDP gathered just 15 per cent of the vote in the last election.
Brampton-Springdale, 2011 election
Peterborough has remained one of Ontario’s bellwether ridings, re-electing Liberal Jeff Leal.
Peterborough has voted for the party that won the most seats in that election since the late 1970s.
Leal, who was minister of rural affairs, was up against PC candidate Scott Stewart and NDP’s Sheila Wood.
Ottawa West-Nepean, 2011 elections
It looks like NDP MP Wayne Gates will head back to Queen’s Park, landing far ahead in the polls from his opponents with about 50 per cent of the vote, now that most polls have returned results.
PC candidate Bart Maves has secured only 30 per cent so far, a larger gap than when he lost to Mr. Gates by about 1,000 votes in a by-election earlier this year.
Candidates from all three major parties spent plenty of time trying to woo voters in the riding during their campaigns.
Niagara Falls, 2014 by-election
Liberal cabinet minister Bob Chiarelli has managed to keep his seat in Ottawa West-Nepean.
There was speculation that Chiarelli was in danger of losing his seat as the PCs tried to squeeze their way into the Liberal stronghold in the Ottawa region.
In 2011, he won by just 2 per cent of the vote against PC candidate Randall Denley, who was competing for the seat again in this election.