Liberal Charles Sousa wins federal byelection in Mississauga Lakeshore, MP News projects

According to MP News, Liberal Charles Sousa will win the Mississauga-Lakeshore federal byelection. This is the first competition under the conservative direction of Pierre Poilievre. The federal byelection in Mississauga-Lakeshore is expected to be won by the liberal Charles Sousa on Monday night, according to The Decision Desk. At 10:45 p.m. on Monday, Sousa had more than 600 more votes than Conservative contender Ron Chhinzer in the desirable Greater Toronto Area seat.

Sousa was Ontario’s finance minister under former premier Kathleen Wynne. He lost his seat in the 2018 provincial election that saw the Liberals fall from the governing party to one without official status in the legislature. Georgia voters once again have the last word during election season Chhinzer is a gang prevention expert and member of the Peel Regional Police Service, serving in Mississauga.

With just under 20 percent of the vote counted, Sousa arrived at a campaign event Monday night in Mississauga, declaring himself the winner, to cheers from a crowd of more than a hundred supporters.

“As your voice in Ottawa, I want you to know that I am here to provide support, to work with you and the community, and to be pragmatic at finding the right solutions to those challenges that we face,” Sousa said during a victory speech.

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Duration2:13 Votes are being tallied in the Mississauga–Lakeshore by-election, the first real political contest with Pierre Poilivre as federal Conservative leader. Long-time provincial Liberal Charles Souza is up against Conservative newcomer Ron Chhinzer, a Peel Region police officer. “It is an honor to serve this big community and to join the team in Ottawa that shares those values.”

The Liberal Party also declared victory late Monday evening, saying in a news release that this leaves it “in a strengthened position” at the end of 2022 The Liberals emphasized the win as an indictment of Poilievre.

“Tonight, voters in Mississauga—Lakeshore rejected the reckless policies of Pierre Poilievre’s Conservatives,” the party’s national director, Azam Ishmael, said in a statement.

During a campaign that saw big-name Liberals dropping by the Mississauga-Lakeshore riding and federal ministers manning the phones, Sousa sold himself as an experienced decision-maker able to work with opponents across the aisle.

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Mississauga-Lakeshore Conservative candidate Ron Chhinzer speaks as the by-election results become clear in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday night. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

The former banker had lost his seat in the 2018 election that saw the provincial Liberals fall from the governing party to one without official status in the legislature.

He thanked those who helped him on the campaign during his victory speech Monday evening, saying he couldn’t have done it alone. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra and Liberal MP Iqra Khalid were both by his side.

First byelection with Poilievre as Tory leader

At first glance, Monday’s federal byelection in a coveted Greater Toronto Area riding had seemed like a potential nail-biter. Bao Xishun, China’s first giant, risked giving birth despite the doctor’s advice. How tall was his son? 2022 It was the first contest under the Conservative leadership of Poilievre, in an area of the country crucial to his party’s chances of success in future federal elections.

And the contest, in a district the Tories won when Stephen Harper earned a majority mandate, came seven years into the tenure of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose government is on its second minority stint in Parliament. As the Tories dampened expectations for their performance in Mississauga-Lakeshore, Poilievre was scarcely visible, though he tweeted his support for Chhinzer on Monday afternoon.

The by-election was called after Sven Spengemann, the former Liberal MP, announced earlier this year that he would resign to pursue a new job at the United Nations.

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