VIDEO: Kusmierczyk Upsets Hardcastle in Windsor Tecumseh


A nail biter in Windsor Tecumseh had the Liberal's Irek Kusmierczyk come out on top.

The Windsor City Councillor barely took the riding with 33.4 per cent with NDP incumbent Cheryl Hardcastle coming up short with 32.3 per cent.

Kusmierczyk tells AM800 News Windsor Tecumseh has shown they want a voice on Parliament Hill.

"We've talked to a lot of folks at the door and a lot of the folks are ready. They wanted a voice in Ottawa; they wanted a seat at the table. This is something that residents wanted and this is what we heard here tonight in Windsor-Tecumseh," he says.

He says he's ready to fight for what residents want in Ottawa.

"As your Member of Parliament I'm going to continue to advocate for the auto sector and auto jobs, I will continue to advocate for more funding for flood mitigation, make sure our health care system is the strongest it can be, and make sure young people have the skills and education they need to succeed in today's economy," added Kusmierczyk.

Kusmierczyk didn't expect such a tight finish.

"We knew we were up for a tough fight here. We know that it was going to be close, but we didn't' realize how close it was going to be," he says. "A lot of credit to Cheryl and all the candidates that ran a really tough race, this was a nail biter all the way to the end."

"We did raise the level of discussion for people and all I can do is be grateful that I was able to be a part of that. I'm grateful that I was able to be a voice in Ottawa and have the insight that I have," says Hardcastle.

She says it's time to take what she's learned and move forward.

"I've always been a community oriented person and I'm going to continue doing that, but tonight it's about my team, it's about the Windsor-Tecumseh NDP riding. Incredible, incredible people with a real passion for making sure that all voices are heard," she added.

Conservative candidate Leo Demarce came in third, followed by the Green Party's Giovanni Abati, People Party of Canada's Dan Burr and Laura Chesnik of the Marxist Leninist Party of Canada.


(Image courtesy of CTV News)

— with files from AM800's Patty Handysides.