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Dowdall wins Simcoe–Grey seat, despite Liberal Minority government

October 25, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

Terry Dowdall has been elected as Member of Parliament for Simcoe–Grey. 

Elected on Monday, October 21, to the 43rd Canadian Parliament, Dowdall won with 43.7% of the popular vote, or 32,444 votes cast at 314 polls. 

Dowdall beat federal Liberal candidate, Lorne Kenney, who took 31.5% or 23,372 votes in Simcoe–Grey, by 9,072 ballots.

Also in Simcoe–Grey, federal Green Party Candidate Sherri Jackson, received 11.3% or 8,423 votes. Ilona Matthews, the NDP candidate, was right behind her with 11.2% or 8,320 votes.

People’s Party candidate Richard Sommer received 1,386 or 1.9%, and VCP candidate Tony D’Angelo, took 0.4% or 281 votes.

Dowdall held a celebration at the Nottawasaga Inn & Resort on Monday evening, surrounded by friends, supporters, wife Colleen, and daughters Sarah and Lexy. MPP Jim Wilson was also on hand, as were Town of New Tecumseth Deputy Mayor Richard Norcross, Mayor of Essa Township Sandy MacDonald, and former Mayor of Adjala–Tosorontio Mary Small Brett.

“I’ve had 18 years of municipal experience, and looking over this crowd tonight, this late, and to have your support, means everything to me. It means more than winning this election. Those types of friendships…just the support, that you believe in me, to represent you for all those years, it really keeps me going. There’s another fella here that I just want to recognise, who’s had 28-years of service, and I tell you, if I can be anything like this gentleman, I’m going to have a great career as well. I want to recognise Jim Wilson,” said Dowdall.

In his eight-minute speech, Dowdall began by saying he wished his father was there to share in the moment, but he had passed away six months earlier.

“We have come together over the last year, and quite frankly become friends – for life,” said Dowdall of his campaign team in his address. “You won’t find a harder working group, and we’ve been able to share a few laughs along the way.”

“Because this is such a big riding, one of the first things I did, and I realised we needed to do – in fact we’re in the top five ridings of all of Canada – is I divided the riding into two territories, the north and the south.”

Dowdall then said those territories were subdivided into regions, with local champions – or people of influence – appointed.

Dowdall personally thanked the many people who helped with his campaign, including campaign managers, his fundraising team, the riding president, his communications director, financial agent, volunteer mobilizers, and his board members.

“This really was my dream team, and I can’t thank any of them enough,” Dowdall said. “My family and friends know that I love water. My wife Colleen and I were married on the waters of Georgian Bay. Here in Simcoe–Grey you can draw a comparison to boating. We’re all on one ship, or should be, but the waters are becoming increasing turbulent. We are faced with social challenges such as mental health problems and an opioid crisis. These are all complex issues, and our federal government has a responsibility to calm the waters and restore stability here in our county. We need sustainable living conditions and a sustainable economy. We need a sustainable everything.

“Here in Simcoe–Grey there are growing problems that need solutions. Solutions that are integrated and coordinated – involving people in the community, different agencies and all levels of government. We all have ideas, and we need to listen to one another and share our information and always works together to ensure Simcoe–Grey and Canada will always be a better place. Prioritizing spending, and making life affordable for everyone will go a long way and it’s truly what the Conservative Party was pushing and believed in this election. We live in a democracy where people choose their government, people choose their party and/or the person they wish support to rule, and to represent them. I am thankful that I have been chosen by you, the people of Simcoe–Grey.

“I want to thank you for putting your trust in me, to lead us together, to come up with the solutions we need here. Let’s always remember we need to treat each other with respect, and I respect all the other candidates that have run in this election, and have been part of this democratic process. I’d like to say thank you to Lorne Kenney, Ilona Matthews, Sherri Jackson and Richard Sommer for running a clean campaign.

“I also want to thank our signs guys. There’s a lot of signs out there and the work’s not done – we need to get rid of them in the next 72-hours at least, so I really want to be nice to you,” Dowdall joked.

With the campaign now behind him, Dowdall promised his daughter a trip anywhere she wanted to go together.

“I was hoping it would be in Canada,” said Dowdall. “It was. Thank God. Ah… so we’re going to Great Wolf Lodge for a few days!”

MP elect for Simcoe–Grey, Terry Dowdall, will be sworn in in Ottawa in the coming weeks.

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