Byelection results: Tories projected to hold Calgary seats, Liberals to keep Ottawa, Montreal, Markham
Of the five byelections being contested tonight, CBC News is projecting that the Liberals will hold on to each of their seats in Montreal, Ottawa and Markham, north of Toronto, while the Conservatives are expected to hold on to both their seats in Calgary.
Mona Fortier is expected to win the federal byelection in Ottawa-Vanier, where she currently leads with 50 per cent of the vote, compared with NDP candidate Emilie Taman, who sits just shy of 30 per cent of the vote with 180 of 255 polls reporting.
Conservative candidate Bob Benzen is projected to win in the riding of Calgary Heritage, where he is leading with almost 70 per cent of the vote. His nearest competator is Liberal candidate Scott Forsyth who currently has almost 23 per cent of the vote with 125 of 204 polls reporting.
CBC News is projecting that Liberal candidate Emmanuella Lambropoulos will win tonight’s byelection in Saint Laurent, where she is leading with 57 per cent of the vote, while Conservative candidate Jimmy Yu currently sits at 21 per cent with 120 of 182 polls reporting.
Stephanie Kusie is being projected to win in Calgary Midnapore where she currently leads with 77 per cent of the vote, while Liberal Haley Brown currently stands at 17 per cent of the vote with 160 of 230 polls reporting.
CBC News is also projecting that Liberal candidate Mary Ng will win a seat in Markham-Thornhill. She is currently leading with 51 per cent of the vote, while her nearest competitor, Conservative candidate Ragavan Paranchothy, has 38 per cent of the vote, with 170 of 189 polls reporting.
- Byelections to test Liberals and leaderless opposition parties
- 5 candidates compete for open seat in Saint-Laurent tonight
- MP Mauril Bélanger’s replacement to be chosen today
- 2 Calgary ridings to elect new MPs in today’s byelections
The new MPs are being elected to seats once occupied by high-profile Conservative and Liberal MPs including:
- Calgary-Heritage, vacated by former prime minister Stephen Harper, who left politics shortly after the 2015 federal election.
- Calgary-Midnapore, vacated by former Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney, who resigned his seat to move into provincial Alberta politics.
- Markham-Thornhill, vacated by former Liberal immigration minister John McCallum, who left to take up the position of ambassador to China.
- Saint-Laurent, vacated by former Liberal foreign affairs minister Stéphane Dion, who left to become ambassador to Germany and the European Union.
- Ottawa-Vanier, left vacant by the death Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, who died last August after being diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The lack of upsets is not surprising, as all of the ridings are considered strongholds for their respective political parties.