Conservatives win two by-elections in Ontario

Conservatives win two by-elections in Ontario
Conservatives win two by-elections in Ontario

Zee Hamid won by a margin of nine percentage points over Liberal Galen Naidoo Harris in the riding of Milton, west of Mississauga.

For his part, Steve Pinsonneault obtained 56% of the votes in the conservative bastion of Lambton−Kent−Middlesex.

The Milton riding has been without an MP since Minister Parm Gill resigned in February to join the federal Conservatives.

Mr. Hamid, a three-term Milton councilor, donated to the Liberals as recently as 2022 and unsuccessfully tried to run for that party in 2015.

The riding of Lambton−Kent−Middlesex had been held since 2011 by Monte McNaughton, who served in the Progressive−Conservative opposition and was appointed minister in Doug Ford’s government.

The latter paid a lot of attention to Milton during and before the by-election, with announcements about GO Transit and Highway 413, and many ministers and other caucus members spoke there. does canvassing.

Although a Tory defeat in Milton would not have affected their majority, the party already lost a seat in a by-election last year, which had been held by another minister. The Progressive Conservatives have spared no effort to prevent such a situation from happening again.

For the Liberals, the byelection was the first real test for Bonnie Crombie, who was crowned leader in December. The former Mississauga mayor thought about it, then decided not to run in Milton.

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