Newmarket-Aurora is – or rather was - a true blue riding. It is comfortably off with the average family income ($118,060) significantly above the provincial ($90,526) and national ($82,325) figures. There are more homeowners; lower unemployment and more people with degrees.
And yet the conservative vote, once strong and resilient, melted away, mirroring the collapse across the Province.
The share of the vote for PC candidate, Jane Twinney, shrank by 10% when compared with 2011 while Liberal Chris Ballard increased his Party’s share by 8.2%.
The question for Jane is whether she runs again for Newmarket Council, having withdrawn from the race earlier in anticipation of a new berth at Queen's Park.
The NDP share of the vote was down by 2.7% to 11.6% as NDP sympathisers moved across to the Liberals.
The Green, Andrew Roblin, did well to increase his Party’s share of the vote to 4.4%.
The number of valid votes cast in the Riding was also up markedly from 45,349 in 2011 to 52,359 yesterday.
Tim Hudak’s campaign was disastrous for all the reasons that have been reported so widely. In the run-up to polling day even the Globe and Mail, swallowing hard, could only bring itself to call for a minority Conservative government. Its coverage today of the election result is sour, reminding its readers of all the elephant traps ahead for Wynne. By contrast, the Star is in celebratory mood.
The NDP, too, needs to think carefully about its purpose and where it is going. Under Horwath, a shrivelled-up NDP seems to have turned itself into some kind of consumers’ association. The NDP post election is back where it started. 21 seats.
It beggars belief that Andrea Horwath thinks she can lead the NDP into a third Provincial election.
Tim Hudak has bravely fallen on his sword after two failed attempts.
That’s quite enough, thank you.