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Sudbury swept up in orange wave

By: Darren MacDonald - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jun 12, 2014 - 10:52 PM |
NDP candidate Joe Cimino addresses his supporters after he turned the Sudbury riding orange in defeating Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier. File photo.

NDP candidate Joe Cimino addresses his supporters after he turned the Sudbury riding orange in defeating Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier. File photo.

City bucks provincial trend that saw Liberals return with a majority

For the first time since 1990, voters in Sudbury and Nickel Belt have elected New Democrats to represent them at Queen's Park, even as the rest of Ontario gave Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne a surprise majority government.

Cimino defeated his closest rival, Liberal Andrew Olivier, by a little more than 900 votes, taking 42.2 per cent of the vote, compared to 39.3 per cent. Cimino tallied 14,247, Olivier 13,267, followed by Progressive Conservative candidate Paula Peroni (4,653, 13.8 per cent).

Green candidate Casey Lalonde garnered 1,211 votes (3.6 per cent), with a total of 33,725 votes cast in the riding, for a turnout of around 50 per cent.

Cimino addressed his enthusiastic supporters at the Caruso Club on Thursday night, arriving just after 11 p.m. when it became clear he was headed to victory.

“I cannot tell you how proud I am tonight that Sudburians have chosen a New Democrat to represent them at Queen's Park,” Cimino said. “I was taught to always be positive — and I was, and my team was. And it paid off.

“This is not a victory for Joe Cimino. This is a victory for a lot of people.”

Cimino, who has been a city councillor for the last eight years, was joined by several of his council colleagues, including Evelyn Dutrisac, Ron Dupuis and Frances Caldarelli. He and Mayor Marianne Matichuk hugged as Cimino arrived in the hall.

While Sudbury doesn't have an MP or MPP in government for the first time in decades, Matichuk said she was confident Wynne will fulfill her commitments to fund Maley Drive and complete the four-laning of Highway 69.

“She's proven to be a woman of her word,” Matichuk said, describing her relationship with the premier as “excellent.”

Cimino will join Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas in the NDP caucus. Gélinas was one of the first incumbents to be declared a winner Thursday night, taking home 62.7 per cent of the vote.

In the end, the Liberals won 59 seats, compared to 27 for the Tories and 21 for the NDP.

Faced with another electoral loss, Tim Hudak stepped down as PC leader Thursday.

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Darren MacDonald

Darren MacDonald

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