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Green leader and Maxime Bernier shunned by Toronto voters

Green leader and Maxime Bernier shunned by Toronto voters

Green leader and Maxime Bernier shunned by Toronto voters

The new leader of the Green Party of Canada, Annamie Paul, and the leader of the People’s Party, Maxime Bernier, will finally have to wait for a next by-election to enter Parliament.

The party leader was running for Toronto Center in a by-election held Monday night to find a replacement for former Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who quit his post amid the WE Charity scandal and differences with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At around 10:15 p.m., Annamie Paul was trailing behind her liberal rival Marcie Ien, a host and journalist for the CTV channel. Mme Ien was credited with about 41% of the vote, compared to 31.6% for Ms. Paul.

Nonetheless, it is an impressive progression for the new leader, who won the favor of just 7% of voters in Toronto Center in the 2019 general election.

Bernier ignored

For his part, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier, has been virtually ignored by voters in York Center.

Beauceron received the support of just 4% of voters and was on track, at around 10:15 p.m., to finish the race in fourth place, between the NDP (6.3%) and the Greens (2.7%).

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Instead, voters set their sights on the candidates of the Liberal Party and Conservative Party, who fought hard throughout the evening, each obtaining more than 40% of the votes cast. Liberal Ya’ara Saks (43.8%) held a slim one point lead over conservative Julius Tiangson (42.8%) around 10:15 p.m.

Voters in York Center were called upon to replace Liberal Michael Levitt, who announced his resignation last August to devote his time to his family.

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