Newly minted MP Olivia Chow jumps into a press scrum after her victory was announced

TO the Polls: The Day After

The ballots have been cast, collected, counted, and tabulated. The results are in, the victors have been announced - all that is left is to see who gets appointed to what jobs, and how the parties will work together.

For Toronto, not much has changed. Green Party leader Jim Harris got shut out of his Beaches-East York riding, and his party failed to pick up any seats. The NDP and Jack Layton fared better, winning two extra seats in Hogtown.

Interestingly, while the Tories finished in second for popular vote across the city, they were unable to translate that triumph into a seat count, being completely voided across Toronto.

Of Toronto's 22.5 ridings, only three of them produced new MPs:

Etobicoke-Lakeshore: Michael Ignatieff, Liberal Party - picks up vacant seat abandoned by Liberal Jean Augustine
Parkdale-High Park: Peggy Nash, NDP - defeats Liberal Sam Bulte
Trinity-Spadina: Olivia Chow, NDP - defeats Liberal Tony Ianno

The other 19.5 ridings returned the incumbant, begging the question of exactly what a Liberal needs to do in Toronto in order to lose. The winners are:

Beaches-East York: Maria Minna, Liberal Party
Davenport: Mario Silva, Liberal Party
Don Valley East: Yasmin Ratansi, Liberal Party
Don Valley West: John Godfrey, Liberal Party
Eglinton-Lawrence: Joe Volpe, Liberal Party
Etobicoke Centre: Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Liberal Party
Etobicoke North: Roy CUllen, Liberal Party
Scarborough-Agincourt: Jim Karygiannis, Liberal Party
Scarborough Centre: John Cannis, Liberal Party
Scarborough-Guildwood: John McKay, Liberal Party
Scarborough-Rouge River: Derek Lee, Liberal Party
Scarborough Southwest: Tom Wappel, Liberal Party
St Paul's: Carolyn Bennett, Liberal Party
Toronto Centre: Bill Graham, Liberal Party
Toronto-Danforth: Jack Layton, NDP
Willowdale: Jim Peterson, Liberal Party
York Centre:Ken Dryden, Liberal Party
York South-Weston: Alan Tonks, Liberal Party
York West:Judy Sgro, Liberal Party
Pickering-Scarborough East: Dan McTeague, Liberal Party

Awash in a sea of red it seems.


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