Shortly after 10:30 p.m., CBC declared Liberal candidate Sameer Zuberi elected in the Pierrefonds—Dollard riding. At that point, Zuberi had a lead of close to 40 percentage points over Conservative Party of Canada candidate Mariam Ishak.
As of 10:45 p.m, 64 of the riding’s 228 polls had reported results.
The firm 338canada.com projected the Liberal win earlier Monday.
Voters will be expecting Zuberi to tackle priorities including the implementation of measures to combat climate change — portions of the riding were affected by flooding in 2017 and 2019. There have also been calls for increased support and services for seniors as well as increased support of local businesses to help ensure the health of the riding’s economy.
A Liberal win in Pierrefonds—Dollard is not that surprising. Only twice since the riding was established in 1986 has the vote gone to a party other than the Liberal Party of Canada. Progressive Conservative Party MP Gerry Weiner received 49.77 per cent of the vote and second-place Liberal candidate Bernard Patry finished with 40.21 per cent of the vote. Weiner served the area for one term.
The 1993 election saw a significant shift, with Liberal Party receiving 64.98 per cent of the vote. (Patry went on to serve six consecutive terms.) Bloc Québécois candidate René de Cotret Opzoomer finished second, with 17.41 per cent of the vote. It was the first election following the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, which resulted in the formation of the Bloc Québécois. Weiner finished a distant third.
In 2011, the NDP’s Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe won the riding as part of the orange wave of NDP support that swept the province. But it was close, with only 1,758 votes separating Lamothe from Patry.
In 2015, the riding returned to the Liberals with a solid victory by Frank Baylis. He received 58.66 per cent of the vote, with Conservative candidate Valérie Assouline finishing a distant second with 19.99 per cent of the vote.
When Baylis announced he would not be seeking a second term, the Liberal nomination process saw six names on the ballot. The race was so tight, a recount was called. Zuberi was ultimately named the winner. Zuberi’s activism during his time at university had made the news over the years and opponents cherry-picked elements of media coverage of his fervour at that time to haunt him during this campaign, but it would appear the chatter did not sway voters.
The other Pierrefonds—Dollard candidates are: Bruno El-Khoury for the New Democratic Party of Canada; Edline Henri for the Bloc Québécois; Lisa Mintz for the Green Party of Canada; Lee Weishar for the People’s Party of Canada and Independent candidates Shahid Khan and Martin Plante.