\”I think we can pull that off,\” May said as he addressed cheering supporters after blowing out his nearest challenger, Conservative Sunny Attwal, in Mondays federal election.
"This election was nasty. This is my third campaign as a candidate, Ive lost count of how many Ive been a volunteer and supporter on. Ive never seen anything like this," he told supporters at a victory party on Monday night.
May — flanked by Kennedy, wife Kristen, and 12-year-old son James — found nothing sweet and yummy about the political clash that saw his Liberals reduced to a minority government as he held onto his Cambridge riding seat by thousands of votes.
The happy crowd at a packed State & Main bar, tucked into a mall parking lot, also heard Mays bitter assessment of the now-completed federal campaign.
\”This election was nasty,\” the 45-year-old May said after his third campaign as a candidate after helping out on numerous others in the past.
\”Ive never seen anything like this. Its been dirty. Theres no other way to put it. And I hope that us winning this election, will show the other parties. theyve got to change.\”
\”And another thing that I hope, is that after this yet another loss for the Conservatives, that they will learn two absolute truths in this country,\” May continued.
\”You will not govern if you do not have a climate change plan that works. Thats No. 1. And 2, you will not govern if you do not respect immigration this country and have a plan to support everybody.\”
Attwal, the 34-year-old pita shop owner, addressed his supporters just before midnight at the Cambridge Newfoundland Club. A few minutes earlier, he had stopped by the Liberal celebration a fairway wood across Dunbar Road to congratulate May.
\”At the end of the day, the folks in Cambridge, North Dumfries and Brant have spoken,\” said Attwal, who had wife Jo at his side.
He brushed off Mays comments about the nasty tone of the election campaign and the lessons it held for the Liberals political foes.
\”There was a lot of mudslinging on both sides. At the end of the day, we were pushing our positive Conservative message and thats what we stuck to.\”
And while local Tories watched the unfolding national results in disbelief, across the street, the victorious Liberals celebrated.
New Democrat Scott Hamilton finished third, followed by Michele Braniff of the Green Party and David Haskell of the Peoples Party of Canada.
Liberal incumbent Bryan May was re-elected in Cambridge with about 39.5 per cent of the popular vote, ahead of Conservative Sunny Attwal who has taken 30 per cent of the popular vote.
NDP's Scott Hamilton took 20 per cent of the popular vote and Green candidate Michele Braniff had 7.5 per cent of the vote.
People's Party candidate David Haskell won about three per cent of the vote, George McMorrow of the Veterans Coalition Party of Canada had 0.3 per cent and Manuel Couto of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada had 0.1 per cent of the popular vote.
"This was a nasty election. This is my third campaign and I lost count how many campaigns I've been involved with as a volunteer and board member, but I've never seen anything like this and we stayed very, very positive," said May.
"We focused on the two big things we were hearing at the doors which was climate change and affordability."
The riding of Cambridge includes the city of Cambridge, North Dumfries Township and part of Brant Township.
The riding has changed boundaries a few times, the last time being 2015 when the riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler was created.
After four terms of the PCs, the Liberals won the seat between 1993 and 2004. The riding swung Conservative again between 2004 and 2015.
In the 2015 election, Liberal Bryan May won the seat by a margin of less than five percentage points.
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