election upsets toronto federal 2015

Toronto upsets and surprises in the 2015 federal election

Justin Trudeau is our new prime minister and his majority Liberal government is by far the biggest surprise to come out of the 42nd federal election. But as the Liberal tide swept across Canada, and all of Toronto's 25 ridings, many long-standing Conservative and NDP strongholds turned red.

Liberal candidate Julie Dabrusin took the Toronto-Danforth riding (yes, the late Jack Layton's former stomping ground) beating out NDP incumbent Craig Scott. While Dabrusin was victorious last night, she won by only 1,270 votes.

In another narrow win, Liberal Julie Dzerowicz grabbed the Davenport riding from NDP incumbent Andrew Cash. As Global News notes, the Liberals held the riding for 49 years before Cash secured it back in 2011.

NDP incumbent Peggy Nash also got ousted in the Parkdale-High Park riding. Liberal candidate Arif Virani won, but he beat Nash by less than five per cent of the vote.

Conservative Joe Oliver, now the former Minister of Finance, also got caught up in the red wave. Oliver, who won his Eglinton-Lawrence riding back in 2011, lost his seat last night to Liberal Marco Mendicino.

The new Spadina-Fort York riding was one of the most closely watched races throughout the entire 78-day election. NDP candidate Olivia Chow faced Liberal incumbent Adam Vaughan and many expected it to be tight. With 55 per cent of the vote, however, Vaughan won by a landslide.

Which election results surprised you? Let us know in the comments.

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