The Conservatives are a fringe party in downtown Toronto. Even at their lowest popularity, the federal Liberals always did much, much better in opposition riding by-elections than tonight's pathetic 5% Tory result in Toronto-Danforth.
Yep. They fought with the Greens for third place. The Tory vote has shrunk from 14% to 5% in that riding in less than a year. Hmmm...It's true they didn't even try. But neglecting to campaign or even show up for debates as the Tories did again in this by-election shows Stephen Harper's continued disdain for public engagement. This kind of treatment of voters has been standard practice for the Conservative Party for every election since Harper took over, even in Tory strongholds, with candidates frequently hidden from the media and most of the public.
The final results in Toronto-Danforth:
NDP Craig Scott wins 19,210 votes or 59.4%
Liberal Grant Gordon earns 9,215 or 28.5%
Conservative Andrew Keyes gets a paltry 1,736 or 5.4%
and Green Party rep Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu gets 1,517 or 4.7%
Total number of valid votes: 32,318
Congrats to the NDP! Nice to see another openly gay MP in the House of Commons with Craig Scott. The Grits did much better too with a decent candidate and strong effort by Grant Gordon, but it was not to be.
Interim leader Bob Rae campaigned heavily in the riding, and the Grit vote went up from just 18% to a more respectable 29%. But the Liberal gain needed to be more impressive for this to truly bolster Rae's campaign for the permanent leadership. Ho hum. I'm still not believing Rae is the saviour he thinks he is.