NDP Candidate Ian Arthur Wins Riding of Kingston and the Islands

NDP candidate Ian Arthur will be the next MPP for Kingston and the Islands.

Arthur won the riding with 39 per-cent of the vote and captured 121,253 votes.  

He was met with a packed house full of supporters at his victory party at the Mansion.

Arthur says he is so grateful for the support he's received over the past month.

"I am so honoured that Kingston has elected me as an NDP MPP. We have an incredible amount of work ahead of us."

Arthur also talked about PC Doug Ford's plans for privatization.

"When I think about conversations I had with teachers, and nurses, and the services that make us so proud to be Ontario, I now know that those things are on the line. We will have to fight tooth and nail to fight those every single day."

Incumbent MPP and Liberal candidate Sophie Kiwala drummed up 27 per-cent of support with 14,868 votes.

Our riding had been Liberal since 1995.

Not far behind Kiwala was PC candidate Gary Bennett at just over 25 per-cent with 14,043 votes.

Green party candidate Robert Kiley ended up in fourth place with 3,504 votes at 6 per-cent support.

Voter turnout for Kingston and the Islands was just over 54 per-cent.

Surrounding Kingston and the Islands is a wave of blue with Steve Clark, Daryl Kramp, Randy Hillier, and Todd Smith all winning their respective ridings.

Looking at Ontario as a whole, Progressive Conservative Candidate Doug Ford will be the province's new Premier, with a majority government.

Ford also was elected in his riding of Etobicoke North.

Andrea Horwath won in her Hamilton-Centre riding, which she has held since 2004, and the NDP has become the official opposition party at Queen's Park.

Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner won his bid to become the first Green to hold a seat in the province's legislature.
Schreiner finished third in his riding in Guelph during the last election, narrowly behind the Progressive Conservative candidate.

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