Rob Oliphant elected in the Don Valley West riding for the Liberal party
Liberal candidate Rob Oliphant has defeated incumbent Conservative John Carmichael in the Don Valley West riding of Toronto.
Oliphant was hoping for a win after a close race in 2011 after Carmichael broke a five-term win streak by the Liberal Party.
Don Valley West was one of the key GTA ridings the Conservatives were hoping to secure.
Boundary distribution may have worked in Oliphant’s favour, by bringing more Conservative voters from the previous election into the riding.
The riding includes the Toronto neighbourhoods of York Mills, St Andrew-Windfields, Bridle Path, Sunnybrook, Mount Pleasant East, Leaside-Bennington and Thorncliffe Park. Mount Pleasant East is new to this riding, it was previously represented by the St. Paul’s riding.
The riding has notoriously been a close race between the Liberals and Conservatives, with Carmichael winning by just 611 votes in 2011, and Oliphant taking the riding in 2008 with a margin of just five per cent.
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