By Mark Newman and Gord Bowes
The NDP’s Monique Taylor says she’s humbled to have been re-elected.
“I’m honoured that the people have put their trust in me and they believe in me to deliver for them,” said the Hamilton Mountain MPP.
Taylor said she wants rising hydro rates addressed when the legislature resumes, noting it was the number 1 issue she heard about while campaigning.
This term, she and the other members of the opposition will face a Liberal majority government.
“We will do the hard work to make sure we have the people’s voice and the people’s concerns first,” said Taylor.
Taylor beat out incumbent MPP and Liberal cabinet minister Sophia Aggelonitis in the October 2011 provincial election. A political newbie, Taylor took about 45 per cent of the votes cast in the riding of Hamilton Mountain in her first outing.
In 2011, Taylor received 20,492 (45 per cent) of the 45,581 votes cast in Hamilton Mountain. Voter turnout was a little over 50 per cent. Aggelonitis’s name was marked on 14,694 ballots (32 per cent), while Geordie Elms of the Progressive Conservatives received 8,641 votes (19 per cent).
This time out, with all but a few polls reported, Taylor had increased her share of votes to more than 47 per cent, while Javid Mirza, the Liberal candidate, had under 30% and Albert Marshall of the Progressive Conservatives had about 18 per cent.
Mirza said although NDP has won two election in a row, the Liberals can win the riding again.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Kathleen (Wynne, premier) is going to govern really good. I have a lot of faith in her, she’s a fantastic person … people will see how honest and credible she is.
“The NDP had no plan. The Conservatives had no plan. They just kept talking about the scandals, the scandals.”
Mirza scolded Hamilton voters in general for their support of the NDP.
“Thank God we still have Ted (McMeekin, re-elected MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) … We just shot ourselves in the foot again. As a city, I don’t understand. We have a huge infrastructure plan coming up , there’s so much going on, but once again we have no representation for Hamilton Mountain.”
Marshall, a political newcomer, said, “The people have spoken. We’ll continue to fight for Hamilton, we’re not going to go away.
“Hamilton is hurting and let’s just hope this new government takes care of Hamilton.”