Albanese wins

Laura Albanese, our MPP, has won another term in office. She defeated her rival, Paul Ferreira, in a very close race. 842 votes separated the candidates.

There were, in your humble correspondent’s eyes, three major events in the election. The first was the acrimonious first debate. It was ugly, and set an ugly tone for much of the campaigning that followed.

The second major event was the ill-advised pamphleting by Mike Sullivan, our federal MP. Sullivan borrowed words liberally from provincial NDP campaign materials and opened himself up to allegations that he was boosting for his friend and colleague with federal tax dollars.

Finally, there was Albanese’s decision to skip the televised all-candidates debate. It struck your humble correspondent as a bad idea, but your humble correspondent is no political machinist.

York South—Weston has been a very competitive riding for years. Ferreira and Albanese have each had turns at the helm in the past.

Lan Daniel, the Conservative candidate who hardly campaigned, got 11% of the vote. Keith Jarrett, from the Greens, got 1.5%. Eric Compton, a libertarian from the ‘Freedom Party’, 177 votes and a tax deduction, one assumes. Mark Micheal Radejewsky, an independent candidate who, I think, lives near me with his mom, captured the hearts of 46 Westonites.