Raitt had previously held the riding since 2008, defeating the Liberal candidate by nearly 30 per cent in 2015.
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Under the Harper government, Raitt held a number of high-profile positions including Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Transportation.
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.
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Following her concession speech Monday evening, Raitt told Global News that she was thankful to serve Milton for the past 11 years but that the riding had changed, resulting in her not being re-elected.
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.
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“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 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.
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\”Im so proud of what weve been able to accomplish together. We have an arts and culture centre now, we have a velodrome — the second in North America. Those were things that we can say weve accomplished together and make our community so much better for so many years,\” she said.
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.”
If you were watching the election results come in tonight and noticed a face that seemed familiar, it was probably that of Adam Van Koeverden. Van Koeverden, who is now officially the MP for the Ontario riding of Milton, has been on Canadian screens plenty of times before and has represented the country in more ways than one.
“I think its uncertain because we just dont have data on everybody whos moved into town and how they feel and what they think, she told the Canadian Press.
Van Koeverden, who holds four Olympic medals in kayaking, largely centred his campaign around health and issues involving youth.
In an interview with Global News on election night, van Koeverden said getting out and talking to constituents is how his team built its campaign platform.
“I know that weve talked to more of our neighbours than any campaign here in Milton ever has,” he said.
“Weve been very engaging, you know, weve been out there asking people what they want to see in a government and, you know, thats how we built our platform — based on what our neighbours say.”
And as eyes were glued to the tight race in Milton Monday evening, van Koeverden says he was out door-knocking into the dying hours of the campaign, vying for every last vote.
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🇨🇦
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.
“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.
In Milton, Raitt was up against former Olympic athlete, Adam van Koeverden, who won gold in kayaking in the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens. Van Koeverden is a popular figure, having a street named after him in his hometown of Oakville.
“Weve been pulling people out to vote all day and we did that over advanced polls and through early balloting as well so weve been doing our job,” he said.
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.
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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