Ahmed Hussen will be our new MP. Hussen, a Liberal, soundly defeated Mike Sullivan, the incumbent.
Hussen was born in Somalia and is the president of the Canadian Somali Congress. He is a father to two children and is a criminal and immigration lawyer in the east end. Previously, he was a community organizer in Regent Park and an assistant to provincial Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty. He has had, however, little profile in Weston and does not live here.
Mike Sullivan was soundly defeated—Hussen received nearly twice as many votes with about half of all ballots cast, while the NDP received only a quarter.¹ About 20% of residents are, it seems, die-hard Conservatives. The Green candidate, John Johnson, came in last, defeated even by the Libertarian.
The Liberals are the natural governing party here, and have been in charge since 1979, with only 9 years of interruption, five of which were under a defector from the Liberal Party.
¹ I wrote this before all the polls were in.