Mark DeMontis received the PC nomination this week. DeMontis, a long-time Westonian, may bring a new dynamic to the provincial election, which is due in roughly the next six months.
— Mark DeMontis (@MarkDeMontis) November 22, 2017
DeMontis faces a very tough field. Laura Albanese, the incumbent, is the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and has held the seat for a decade . Faisal Hassan, the NDP candidate, is a resident and long-time community activist who may be able build on disaffection with the Liberals in this left-leaning riding.
York South–Weston has long been a Liberal stronghold, but it has in the recent past voted NDP at both the provincial and federal levels. The Conservatives have never won here—but they’ve also never really campaigned.
DeMontis looks ready to change that: he went to the local crime meeting this Tuesday, and he’s been tweeting and talking for a few months now. He also has a distinguished background in the community that will serve him very well in the race.
In the last election, Albanese beat Paul Ferreira, the NDP candidate, by a respectable margin of 3400 votes (of roughly 33,000 cast); the PCs trailed 10,000 votes behind.
It would take a mighty upset for DeMontis to take the seat, but if he splits the centre vote, he may leave the flank open for Hassan.