Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s gamble on a majority government came to nothing as a very long election day wrapped up in the early hours of Tuesday morning with the major parties basically in the same positions they were before the writ dropped.
Locally, Viviane Lapointe is the Liberal MP-elect for Sudbury, taking up the mantle from Paul Lefebvre, who decided not to run for re-election, while Liberal incumbent Marc Serré retained his seat in Nickel Belt.
Last night’s election saw no real gains for the main parties, leaving many wondering what the point of the election was in the first place.
Trudeau gambled on winning a majority, but voters rejected that and handed him a minority instead. Across Northeastern Ontario, Sudbury and Nipissing-Timiskaming stayed Liberal, while Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing and Timmins-James Bay stayed NDP orange.
In Parry Sound-Muskoka, the Conservatives retained their seat.
Meanwhile, a tight Sault Ste Marie race has Liberal incumbent Terry Sheehan up by 0.2 per cent over Conservative Sonny Spina, with four polls left to report as of 1:45 p.m.