Incumbent Liberal Baker retains Etobicoke Centre

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Etobicoke Centre is staying Liberal red as incumbent Yvan Baker has retained his seat on Parliament Hill.

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Baker had nearly half the votes — 47.2% — with Conservative candidate Geoffrey Turner in second at 35.6%.

The incumbent Baker was looking forward to working on several key priority projects, which included ensuring the tunnelling of the Eglinton West LRT is completed and continuing to advocate for improved long-term care for seniors.

“There remains much work to do to make national standards for long-term care a reality,” Baker told the Toronto Sun. “I will be working to ensure that we develop effective standards that will ensure that seniors receive the level of care that they deserve.

“A number of provinces have signed on to national standards, but some provinces, like Ontario, have not. I will be doing a lot of advocacy to ensure that those standards are implemented in Ontario.”

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Baker won his riding’s seat in 2019, besting Conservative candidate Ted Opitz by 10,996 votes.

As an MP for Etobicoke Centre, he focused on projects such as the LRT, stopping the Greater Toronto Airports Authority from having planes fly over Etobicoke and the saving of Silver Creek School.

Etobicoke Centre federal riding Conservative candidate Geoffrey Turner.
Etobicoke Centre federal riding Conservative candidate Geoffrey Turner. votegeoffreyturner.ca

Turner, a Toronto-based tax lawyer, said one of his priorities was introducing a tax reform agenda to make the system easier for Canadians and to nurture entrepreneurialism and small business growth.

“All of this could help stimulate more economic activity and allow Canada to grow out of the enormous fiscal hole we’ve got from successive years of deficits and borrowing under the Liberals,” said Turner.

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Turner said the prospects for Etobicoke Centre are much aligned with Canada’s as a whole. He said a strong economic recovery plan for post-pandemic is needed to get people working again.

He also proposed an industrial policy that would encourage the domestic production of products like vaccines and PPE.

Other candidates who ran in Etobicoke Centre included the NDP’s Ashley Da Silva and People’s Party of Canada candidate Maurice Cormier.

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