Sven Spengemann takes Mississauga-Lakeshore once more

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Third time’s a charm.

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For the third straight federal election, Liberal incumbent Sven Spengemann was declared the winner in the riding of Mississauga-Lakeshore.

His main competitor, Conservative Michael Ras, started off on top as the first numbers were released but Spengemann quickly took over the lead … and never looked back.

In what was the tightest race in Mississauga, inclusivity remains high on voters’ minds — particularly after this past year and a half. Spengemann, who immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1981, has worked on building an inclusive community in Mississauga — one of the most diverse cities in the country — and will continue to do so.

“Bringing groups together, bridging those groups and the various entities in the community,” is key for the Harvard Law School graduate.

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Mississauga-Lakeshore has been one of the most favourable ridings for the Conservatives in Mississauga — which made it a must-win for Spengemann in order for Justin Trudeau to attempt any sort of chance at a majority government.

Spengemann beat out Ras (Conservative), Elizabeth Robertson (Green Party of Canada), Vahid Seyfaie (People’s Party of Canada) and Sarah Walji (NDP).

The issues Sven and his team heard at the doors and on the stump “ran the gamut,” from child care and seniors, to Indigenous reconciliation to the implicitness of COVID. Spengemann plans to “help facilitate whatever the issues are” and continue to do the work he’s been doing.

Spengemann’s team would not reveal what their first plans are, except to continue moving forward with everything they’ve been doing.

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Mississauga-Lakeshore is the southernmost riding in the city, stretching from the Toronto border in the east, Oakville in the west and Lake Ontario in the south.

The riding is the city’s least populated with 117,444 residents, according to the 2016 federal census. The riding also has the oldest population in Mississauga with a median age of 43.8, and has the highest after-tax median income in the city.

Because of its location, spanning Mississauga’s border with the Great Lake, the riding is key in Peel’s climate conversation. Since he’s been in office, Spengemann has been a champion for environmental sustainability and cleaning up the shores of the city’s waterfront.

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Since the creation of Mississauga-Lakeshore in 1979, it has only been held by Conservative and Liberal MPs. Conservative MP Don Blenkarn held the riding from the onset before losing in 1993, when Liberal Paul Szabo took the seat.

Szabo remained MP until 2011, when Conservative Stella Ambler was voted in. She held the seat until Spengemann won in 2015.

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