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Liberal Arif Virani upsets Peggy Nash in Parkdale-High Park

Arif Virani recaptured the traditionally Liberal riding of Parkdale-High Park.
Arif Virani recaptured the traditionally Liberal riding of Parkdale-High Park. Arif Virani/Twitter

Liberal Arif Virani has won the riding of Parkdale-High Park, unseating NDP incumbent Peggy Nash.

This former Liberal stronghold has bounced between the NDP and Liberals in recent years after a long history of Grit dominance.

Peggy Nash held the riding briefly from 2006 to 2008, lost it to Liberal Gerard Kennedy, then regained the seat again in the 2011 race.  Polls showed the riding leaning back to the Liberals in 2015.

Prior to Nash’s win, the riding had elected Liberals steadily since 1979, except for a brief affair with the Progressive Conservatives between 1984-1988.

Virani, a lawyer by trade, was making his first foray into politics.

 

 

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