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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it seems pretty certain the liberals have lost the sault ste marie riding at this point , ndp / pc in a close race for 1st )


SAULT STE. MARIE

56 polls reporting out of 174 polls


Candidate (Last Name, First Name)

Political Party

Number of Votes

Percentage of Votes

Margin


KRMPOTICH, JOE Ontario NDP/NPD 2,209 36.00 % 17
ROMANO, ROSS PC Party of Ontario 2,192 35.72 %
AMAROSO, DEBBIE Ontario Liberal Party 1,463 23.84 %
FLANNIGAN, KARA Green Party of Ontario 162 2.64 %
ZNONEOFTHE, ABOVE None of the Above Party 79 1.29 %
BALFOUR, GENE Libertarian 23 0.37 %
TURMEL, JOHN Paupers 8 0.13 %


https://www3.elections.on.ca/RealTimeResults/ElectoralDistrict/en
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Ross Romano has started to pull ahead , but still around 100 polls remain and we don't know what areas of the city have come in )


SAULT STE. MARIE

80 polls reporting out of 174 polls


Candidate (Last Name, First Name)

Political Party

Number of Votes

Percentage of Votes

Margin


ROMANO, ROSS PC Party of Ontario 3,675 37.45 % 314
KRMPOTICH, JOE Ontario NDP/NPD 3,361 34.25 %
AMAROSO, DEBBIE Ontario Liberal Party 2,364 24.09 %
FLANNIGAN, KARA Green Party of Ontario 236 2.40 %
ZNONEOFTHE, ABOVE None of the Above Party 131 1.33 %
BALFOUR, GENE Libertarian 31 0.32 %
TURMEL, JOHN Paupers 16 0.16 %

https://www3.elections.on.ca/RealTimeResults/ElectoralDistrict/en
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( pc's appear to have won the Sault ste marie by election , liberals in 3rd , wynne is a dead premier walking at this point , she can resign now or be defeated in 2018 )


SAULT STE. MARIE

146 polls reporting out of 174 polls


Candidate (Last Name, First Name)

Political Party

Number of Votes

Percentage of Votes

Margin


ROMANO, ROSS PC Party of Ontario 8,075 39.08 % 1,005
KRMPOTICH, JOE Ontario NDP/NPD 7,070 34.21 %
AMAROSO, DEBBIE Ontario Liberal Party 4,767 23.07 %
FLANNIGAN, KARA Green Party of Ontario 400 1.94 %
ZNONEOFTHE, ABOVE None of the Above Party 256 1.24 %
BALFOUR, GENE Libertarian 57 0.28 %
TURMEL, JOHN Paupers 39 0.19 %

https://www3.elections.on.ca/RealTimeResults/ElectoralDistrict/en
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tories win byelection, take Sault Ste. Marie for first time since 1981


It was the fifth consecutive byelection victory over the Liberals for Progressive Conservatives Leader Patrick Brown


“Voters have made it clear that it’s only the Ontario PC party that will fight to make life more affordable. The PCs will be a strong voice for Sault Ste. Marie and northern Ontario," Patrick Brown said Thursday night, referring to the party's byelection win.

“Voters have made it clear that it’s only the Ontario PC party that will fight to make life more affordable. The PCs will be a strong voice for Sault Ste. Marie and northern Ontario," Patrick Brown said Thursday night, referring to the party's byelection win. (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star file photo)



By Rob FergusonQueen's Park Bureau

Thu., June 1, 2017



The Progressive Conservatives dealt another blow to Premier Kathleen Wynne at the polls on Thursday, winning the key northern riding of Sault Ste. Marie for the first time since 1981.

It was the fifth consecutive byelection victory over the Liberals for PC Leader Patrick Brown and makes Sault city councillor Ross Romano the city’s new MPP just 12 months before next June’s province-wide vote.

His triumph in what was seen as a two-way fight with the NDP gives the Conservatives another foothold in the north, a region Brown has visited 10 times this year to woo support.

“Tonight we have won a riding that hasn’t been held by the PCs for over 30 years,” a jubilant Brown said in a statement.

“Voters have made it clear that it’s only the Ontario PC party that will fight to make life more affordable. The PCs will be a strong voice for Sault Ste. Marie and northern Ontario.”

Romano, who took 40.4 per cent of the vote to 32.9 for the NDP, replaces former Wynne cabinet minister David Orazietti, who resigned in December to begin a new career in the Soo and be closer to his family.

Brown said the victory is another warning sign for the Liberals, in power since 2003.

“Ontario families are sending a strong message that they are tired of paying more and getting less,” added Brown, who attended the University of Windsor law school with Romano.


“There is no riding in the province that Kathleen Wynne can take for granted.”

The Liberals fell to third place with 23.1 per cent of the vote under the candidacy of former one-term Sault mayor Debbie Amaroso.

New Democrat city councillor Joe Krmpotich placed second in the riding, which NDP Leader Andrea Horwath had hoped to regain given that it was a party stronghold from 1981 to 2003.

In the final days of the campaign, Horwath and Krmpotich increasingly turned their attention to the Conservatives, accusing them of hiding plans for more cuts and privatization.

“The last time Ontarians put our trust in the Conservatives, they fired 6,000 nurses, closed 28 hospitals and slashed over 7,000 hospital beds,” Horwath said Wednesday in the Sault.

The byelection result does not change the balance of power at Queen’s Park.

The contest came as Wynne cut hydro rates, promised youth pharmacare starting next year and a $15 minimum wage in 2019 to convince Ontarians she understands the pocketbook challenges they face.

But the NDP and PCs portrayed those efforts as a deathbed conversion as Wynne’s Liberals, struggling in public opinion polls, try to improve their fortunes with the provincial election looming in 12 months.

Ironically, the byelection was held on the last day of the legislature’s spring session. MPPs return to Queen’s Park for the fall sitting on Sept. 11.

Wynne acknowledged more than once during the campaign that it would be “tough” for her Liberals, struggling behind the Conservatives in recent public opinion polls, to win.

“I think byelections are always very tough for the government, you know,” she told reporters in the Soo last month.

Horwath and Brown did their best to convince voters it was time for a change in the riding, saying the 25-per-cent hydro rate cuts from Wynne will cost ratepayers billions in the long run.

While Horwath also supports a $15 minimum wage, Brown argued Liberal plans to have it hit $14 on Jan. 1 — six months before the next election — and up another $1 in 2019 are “too fast.”

“It’s not giving proper notice to our job creators ... so, yes, I have significant concerns,” Brown told reporters this week.

The majority Liberals now hold 57 seats in the 107-member legislature, including Speaker Dave Levac, to 29 for the Conservatives, 20 for the NDP and 1 for the fledgling Trillium Party after Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren left PC caucus over controversial remarks

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/06/01/tories-win-byelection-take-sault-ste-marie-for-first-time-since-1981.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tories’ Ross Romano wins provincial byelection in Sault Ste. Marie



TORONTO — The Canadian Press


Published Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017 10:24PM EDT




The Progressive Conservatives have won a provincial byelection in Sault Ste. Marie, securing the party’s first victory in the Northern Ontario riding since 1981.

Ross Romano beat out NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich, and Liberal Debbie Amaroso placed third, according to preliminary results Thursday evening.

Romano, a city councillor and lawyer, got a head start over the other candidates in the campaign, securing his party’s nomination to run in the June 2018 general election last November.

He was ready to hit the ground running when Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti announced in December he would step down, prompting the byelection.

Romano campaigned on the idea that it’s time to send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal government about Sault Ste. Marie’s dissatisfaction with high electricity rates and Liberal scandals.

The victory doesn’t change the balance of power in the legislature, but this is the second riding the PCs taken from the Liberals in a byelection since 2014. It follows the party’s victory in Scarborough – Rouge River last fall.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-ross-romano-wins-provincial-byelection-in-sault-ste-marie/article35185653/
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCs steal Sault seat from Liberals


The Canadian Press

First posted: Friday, June 02, 2017 07:25 AM EDT | Updated: Friday, June 02, 2017 07:28 AM EDT



Ross Romano
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown at the official opening of Ross Romano's election campaign office in Sault Ste. Marie on Feb. 4, 2017. (BRIAN KELLY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)



The Progressive Conservatives have won a provincial byelection in Sault Ste. Marie, taking the seat away from the governing Liberals.

Ross Romano beat out NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich, and Liberal Debbie Amaroso placed third, according to preliminary results Thursday night.

The riding had been held by former Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti since 2003, until he announced in December he would step down, prompting the byelection.

Orazietti had been a successful politician, winning nearly 60 per cent of the vote in the 2014 election, with the PC candidate at the time coming in a distant third.

This time, it was the Liberal candidate, Amaroso, who trailed well behind.

The Progressive Conservative win doesn’t change the balance of power in the legislature, but this is the second riding the PCs have taken from the Liberals in a byelection since 2014. It follows the party’s victory in Scarborough - Rouge River last fall.

In a victory speech in Sault Ste. Marie, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said the Liberals can’t take voters for granted.

“Tonight we have won a riding that hasn’t been held by the PCs for over 30 years,” Brown said.

“There is no such thing as a safe Liberal seat. Not in downtown Toronto and not in Northern Ontario.”

It was the first time the PCs have won in the riding since 1981.

Romano thanked Brown, who he attended law school with, and said his wife had encouraged him to run for the Tories when Brown became leader of the PC party.

“I want to say something to Kathleen Wynne,” Romano added, “I’m coming.”

Thursday’s byelection had been seen by many political observers as a litmus test for public sentiment going into the 2018 provincial election, said Trevor Tchir, a political science professor at Sault Ste. Marie’s Algoma University.

There had been questions about whether the Liberals could hold on to the riding despite recent low poll numbers for the party and Premier Kathleen Wynne, Tchir said.

Romano, a city councillor and lawyer, had campaigned on the idea that it was time to send a message to Wynne and the Liberal government about Sault Ste. Marie’s dissatisfaction with high electricity rates and Liberal scandals.

He got a head start over the other candidates in the campaign, securing his party’s nomination to run in the June 2018 general election last November.

He was ready to hit the ground running when Orazietti resigned.

According to preliminary results, Romano won with about 40 per cent of the vote, followed by Krmpotich with 33 per cent and Amaroso with 23 per cent.

The Liberals had lowered expectations ahead of the byelection, cautioning against reading too much into what it might indicate about how the party will fare at the polls in next year’s general election.

“Byelections are always tough for government, that’s a well-known fact,” Deputy Premier Deb Matthew had said.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath said the bigger fight lies ahead in 2018.

“Just a year from now, the people of Sault Ste. Marie — and all Ontarians — will be given a choice not just to change a seat in the assembly, but to change governments,” she said at Krmpotich’s campaign event. “We’ll give Ontario the choice to elect a government that’s focused on people.”

http://www.torontosun.com/2017.....m-liberals
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is so stunning about the result from last night is the turnout;

Total valid votes cast in 2011 and 2014 were 29,314 & 29,884 respectively;
Last night the total votes cast was 25,785.

For a byelection, that is crazy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What is so stunning about the result from last night is the turnout;

Total valid votes cast in 2011 and 2014 were 29,314 & 29,884 respectively;
Last night the total votes cast was 25,785.

For a byelection, that is crazy.



maybe being a northern riding , people paid more attention to the race , its a bigger deal to be the mpp in a place like Sault Ste Marie than it is in Mississauga . the race has a lot more of a local theme to it than in Toronto area .


it also looks like there was a lot of past liberal voters who voted pc this time , in order to explain the sudden shift and high turnout . the ndp vote stayed about the same when you look at past results there
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Romano can expect critic role in opposition, says party leader


Romano joins just two other PC MPPs representing the 11 ridings in northern Ontario
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Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown and then-PC candidate Ross Romano seen at Boniferro Mill Works in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. in this January 2016 file photo. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday


Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown says newly-elected Sault MPP Ross Romano will ‘definitely’ have a critic position as part of the official opposition at Queens Park.

“I will definitely have a significant assignment for Ross and I am sure we are going to sit down very shortly to talk about that,” said Brown on a conference call to media early this afternoon.

Romano’s byelection win last night means all northern Ontario ridings are in play for next year’s general election, said Brown. “I think a lot of those potential star candidates (in other Northern Ontario ridings) now look at this and say there is a path here.”

Romano joins just two other PC MPPs representing the 11 ridings in northern Ontario, Vic Fedeli in Nippising and Norm Miller in Parry Sound — Muskoka.

“I think Ross can be a catalyst for broader change. I want to suggest there is going to be significant change in Ontario — positive change in a year. I want northern Ontario to be a part of it,” said Brown.


According to unofficial results posted on the Elections Canada web site, Romano received more than 40 per cent of the vote in last night’s byelection, contrasted with the party’s 12 per cent showing in the 2014 general election.

“The last time we won Sault Ste. Marie, I was two years old and Bill Davis was premier of Ontario,” said Brown. “I think it goes to show our message is resonating in northern Ontario,” said Brown.

The Sault will no longer be represented by a ‘Kathleen Wynne apologist’, said Brown.

”When people complained about the hydro bills, about the Clean Energy Act, the NDP and Liberal MPPs would say everything is fine,” said Brown.

“The concerns of northern Ontario, the concerns of Sault Ste. Marie with someone like Ross will no longer be swept under the rug. You will have someone to stand up for them.”

He added, “I want Ross to ensure the needs of Sault Ste. Marie are raised in the legislature, that Kathleen Wynne hears directly from Ross Romano,”

The PC leader noted he and Romano attended law school together and are good friends.

“I know he is so motivated to do well by his community, to serve Sault Ste. Marie with distinction, and I think he’s going to do a great job,” Brown said.

While knocking on doors during the byelection, Brown said the main issue he heard was the government’s inaction on the Ring of Fire — an estimated $60 billion in chromite deposits located about 400 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay that the PC leader calls a ‘generational opportunity’.

Sault Ste. Marie is being suggested as a possible location for a future smelter to process the mineral, which is used in the manufacturing of stainless steel.

“The fact the government is not at the table pushing the infrastructure investment is a huge problem. There would be spinoff jobs across northern Ontario with the Ring of Fire,” said Brown.

The development of a transportation corridor, currently under consideration by the Liberal government, would be a priority for Brown.

“We can’t wait for the jobs in northern Ontario, we need that generational opportunity now,” said Brown.

High electricity costs and unemployment were two other issues Brown said he heard at the doors during the campaign.

“We need a more affordable Ontario, we need a more prosperous Ontario. We need jobs in northern Ontario. We need the government not to forget about northern Ontario,” said Brown.

The NDP did not win the riding, suggested Brown, because the party has supported Liberal policies like the Green Energy Act.

“At the doors of Sault Ste. Marie, the people appreciated that the failure of the Green Energy Act is owned both by the NDP and the Liberals,” said Brown.

He added: “When the NDP and the Liberals have all the same policies — and you want change from Kathleen Wynne — why would you ever vote NDP?”

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/romano-can-expect-critic-role-in-opposition-says-party-leader-632717
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:
cosmostein wrote:
What is so stunning about the result from last night is the turnout;

Total valid votes cast in 2011 and 2014 were 29,314 & 29,884 respectively;
Last night the total votes cast was 25,785.

For a byelection, that is crazy.



maybe being a northern riding , people paid more attention to the race , its a bigger deal to be the mpp in a place like Sault Ste Marie than it is in Mississauga . the race has a lot more of a local theme to it than in Toronto area .


it also looks like there was a lot of past liberal voters who voted pc this time , in order to explain the sudden shift and high turnout . the ndp vote stayed about the same when you look at past results there


Given how long they waited sure;
But still, the turn out was nearly that of a general!

That is impressive.
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