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Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has easily won his seat in Niagara West-Glanbrook.
But after a rough night for his party, he announced that he would resign as leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives.
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He defeated Liberal challenger David Mossey with more than double the per cent of the vote as of 9:34 p.m. election night. Hudak had 55 per cent of the vote, Mossey 20.5 per cent and the NDP’s Brian McCormack took 17.5 per cent. Only 12 of 215 polls had reported by this point.
Hudak was first elected MPP in 1995. He’s held cabinet roles including Minister of Consumer and Business Services, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, and Minister of Northern Development and Mines in former Tory Premier Mike Harris’s government.
Hudak was chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative party of Ontario in a 2009 leadership convention, defeating other prominent PC MPPs Christine Elliott and Frank Klees. He faced the threat of a leadership challenge in 2013, but with his supporters easily quashed the motion calling for an early leadership review.
Before entering politics, Hudak worked as a customs officer at the Peace Bridge border crossing and later as a manager for Wal-Mart in Canada. He has also worked as manager of Fort Erie Festivals.