‘Greater Trudeau Area’ again painted in Liberal red

There’s no easy way to get to Ottawa without securing most of the 416 and 905 seats

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The 416 and 905 remain the Greater Trudeau Area.

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Unofficial Elections Canada results show Justin Trudeau’s Liberals with 48 seats in the Toronto area — with an asterisk in Spadina-Fort-York — to the Conservatives’ five, which includes Leader Erin O’Toole’s Durham riding.

Mail-in votes will be counted starting Tuesday morning so results could change, although likely only in very close races.

Across Ontario, the Liberals had gained or were likely to win 78 seats, compared to 37 for the Conservatives and five for the NDP.

In the GTA, like it had in 2019, almost all areas went to the Liberals including Mississauga and Brampton.

Conservative Melissa Lantsman made a successful move from the backrooms of power to the front parlour with a win in the riding of Thornhill, joining Scot Davidson of York-Simcoe, Anna Roberts of King-Vaughan, and Colin Carrie of Oshawa in the O’Toole caucus.

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Despite having held a provincial Brampton seat at one time, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s party did not make any inroads in the GTA.

Across the Toronto area, as defined by Elections Canada, the NDP took 13.9% of the vote, the People’s Party had 3.7% and the Green Party just 1.7%

The Liberals gained 48.8% of the votes cast and the Conservatives 31.5%.

In Spadina-Fort York, the riding previously held by Liberal Adam Vaughan, former Liberal candidate Kevin Vuong emerged victorious despite his party saying he won’t be a member of the caucus.

Vuong was punted by the Liberals after an old report of sexual harassment — dropped and denied — surfaced during the campaign.

But plenty of Liberals did get back in.

Former provincial Liberal cabinet minister and leadership candidate Michael Coteau successfully made the leap to federal politics, securing the Don Valley East seat.

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Former Toronto Police chief and Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair returned in Scarborough-Southwest, as did Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Marci Ien easily took Toronto Centre despite a challenge from high-profile federal Green Party Leader Annamie Paul.

The results remain unofficial until confirmed by Elections Canada.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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