Olympian Adam van Koeverden defeats long-time Conservative incumbent in Milton – CTV News

Olympian Adam van Koeverden defeats long-time Conservative incumbent in Milton - CTV News
Liberal Olympian Adam van Koeverden defeats deputy PC leader Lisa Raitt in Milton, Ont.
TORONTO — Liberal candidate and former Olympic athlete Adam van Koeverden has been elected as the Member of Parliament for Milton, defeating Conservative Lisa Raitt who has held the riding since 2008.

More than 100 people gathered in an Irish bar in Milton to celebrate van Koeverdens victory Monday night. As the results were called, he told reporters that he was just happy.

Sitting on the start line of a race Id always take a confident breath & think about all the kms, hard-strokes & chin-ups that got me there. This time Im confident bc of my team & my volunteers. Weve done the work. Thanks to my neighbours for an amazing campaign. #Milton🇨🇦

Video: Lisa Raitt on whats next for her after loss to Adam van Koeverden

Im just satisfied with the amount of work weve done. Hard work pays off, he said. We hit the ground. We talked to our neighbours. We asked them what they wanted. And they delivered.

“The people of Milton have spoken. The voter is never incorrect, they always get it right, but I had the honour of getting to serve this community for 11 years and it’s been something that a lot of people aspire to do but never get the chance to do, so Im actually quite content.

The decorated athlete and two-time Olympic flag bearer defeated the long-term incumbent in his first year in politics.

The city of Milton, which makes up a large portion of the riding, is one of the fastest-growing communities in the province, according to census data, meaning many of those voting this fall may not have been around for the previous election.

Raitt, who was appointed by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, was first elected into the House of Commons when the riding was called Halton.

In an interview with the Canadian Press ahead of the election, Raitt noted that the race was “tight” and that it would be a “little foolish to assume things would go the same way as they’ve done in the past.”

She has held various high-profile positions during her time as an MP, including minister of natural resources, minister of transportation and finance critic for the Official Opposition.

“And the second-to-last door that I knocked was an Ecuadorian family that didnt want to go and vote, but my friend Emily was there and she speaks perfect Spanish so we got them into the car and got them to cast two ballots.

Prior to entering politics, van Koeverden worked as a managing consultant with Deloitte and a broadcaster, writer and producer with CBC. He represented Canada at four Olympics, winning a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze in kayaking.

He is also an avid volunteer and has dedicated much of his time working for organizations like Right to Play, WaterAID, the Special Olympics, Parkinsons Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation.

I think there is a lot of talking in politics and there is not enough listening, he said. My ambition is to represent Milton first.

Gould had 48.3 per cent of the vote, followed by Conservative candidate Jane Michael with 32.5 per cent, with 230 of 277 polls in for Burlington.

Speaking to a crowd in Milton, Raitt thanked her team, her supporters, and Scheer for giving her the opportunity to become deputy leader of the party.

In Milton, van Koeverden led with 48.5 per cent of the vote, while Raitt had 38.4 per cent, with 175 of 196 polls reporting at midnight.

I can tell you this, I am so lucky for having had the trust of Miltonians for the past 11 years. And I am so proud of what weve been able to accomplish together.

\”This victory isnt mine — its for all of you,\” Gould said after entering her election night party, according to Inside Halton.

When asked about her phone call to van Koeverden, Raitt said that she thanked him for a great campaign.

I know that hes going to go on and represent Milton in a way that will be respectful and give dignity to the home town.

Throughout her time in politics, Raitt has held positions in Stephan Harpers cabinet, as well as Ambroses and Harpers shadow cabinet. Under Prime Minister Harper, Raitt held numerous roles as the Minister of Natural Resources, the Minister of Labour, and the Minister of Transport. 

Four-time Olympic medal winner and Liberal candidate Adam van Koeverden flipped the traditionally blue riding of Milton, Ont., defeating deputy Conservative Party leader and incumbent Lisa Raitt.

The two were locked in a tight race in the riding — a critical one for both parties as they looked to win in the highly-coveted 905 area.

Lisa Raitt is the Conservative incumbent candidate for Milton in Ontario. Raitt has most recently served as the Conservative Partys Deputy Leader and has been a Member of Parliament for over a decade. 

A win in Milton by the star Liberal candidate is a historic one given the riding has traditionally voted Conservative.

"I have big shoes to fill," the Liberal told reporters Monday night, saying Raitt congratulated him on his win.

"Lisa is a good MP and we've had a couple of really good conversations over the last couple of months. I have the utmost respect for Ms. Raitt and her work. I hope that we can sit down for lunch and talk about Milton."

For her part, Raitt said she was grateful for what she was able to accomplish in the riding over the past decade or so.

"There's a lot of people who never make it into the House of Commons and I've been so privileged to be there. So it's not the win that we wanted to have this evening, but I'm amongst my friends and I'm amongst my family and everybody who's been with me in 11 years," she said.

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