MONTREAL – Liberal candidate Anju Dhillon has been elected in the new 2015 federal riding of Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle.
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The lawyer campaigned hoped to return the riding to the party and she succeeded, helping the Liberals to grow their presence on the island of Montreal after winning just seven seats in 2011 – its worst result in modern Canadian history.
NDP incumbent Isabelle Morin, who was first elected in the former riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine in 2011, sought re-election, but was pushed to second place.
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The riding includes parts of the former LaSalle-Émard riding and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine.
It includes all of Dorval, L’Île-Dorval and the northwest portion of LaSalle.
Both of the former ridings were solidly Liberal 1997-2011, but elected NDP members in 2011.
Remarkably, Morin defeated Marlene Jennings, who had won five straight elections by significant margins.
It’s in an area the Liberals had only lost once in the last 50 years prior to 2011.
The Conservative candidate Daniela Chivu, a businesswoman, came in third.
Jean-Frédéric Vaudry, the Bloc Québécois‘ candidate came in fourth.
English is the first language of 28.3 per cent of residents in Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle in the last census, the fifth highest number in the province.