Mitzie Hunter has won the riding of Scarborough-Guildwood for the Liberals.
Hunter won with 49.7 per cent of the vote in early results, much higher than PC challenger Ken Kirupa’s 28.1 per cent. NDP candidate Shuka Syed won 16.9 per cent.
The riding has long been Liberal, but when veteran MPP Margarett Best resigned in 2013, it triggered a byelection and a close fight between the Liberals, PCs and NDP, with Hunter coming out on top.
The byelection coincided with a municipal fight over Scarborough transit, and the province – to the surprise of many – agreed to rip up a contract for light rail in favour of subways if the city wanted. Hunter promoted herself as a “subway champion.”
Hunter is a former CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. At Queen’s Park, she served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services and introduced a private member’s bill on ranked ballots for municipal elections, which never came to a vote.
Kirupa, who also ran in the 2013 byelection, is an immigrant from Sri Lanka who has worked as a realtor. He’s former president of the Canadian Tamil Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in fundraising for the Scarborough Hospital Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and other causes.