James Maloney has won the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore for the Liberals, unseating Conservative Bernard Trottier.
Trottier was considered a sort of sacrificial lamb in 2011, running in then-Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s home riding. However, he benefited from the historic Liberal collapse and Ignatieff’s own miscue; the rookie party leader had promised to buy a home in the riding, but eventually settled in Yorkdale, lending credence to the Conservative messaging that Ignatieff “didn’t come back for you.”
As a result, Trottier won the riding by a slim margin in 2011. The riding was slightly redistributed in 2012, but the adjustment wouldn’t have affected the 2011 results.
Maloney is a civil lawyer who got his start in public office in 2014 as the city councillor for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.