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A jubilant Ted McMeekin celebrates his victory in the ADFW riding.

ADFW remains Liberal red

By Debra Downey, Senior Editor

The future of Liberal incumbent Ted McMeekin was never in doubt on election night as the veteran politician took an early lead and never looked back.

With just 36 of 257 polls reporting by 9:45 p.m., McMeekin had captured 44.5 per cent of the vote. Progressive Conservative Donna Skelly trailed with 30.5 per cent and Alex Johnstone stood at 18.4 per cent.

McMeekin continued to colour Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Liberal red and rolled to a decisive finish.

“I want to thank the voters of Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough and Westdale who have once again expressed confidence in my ability to serve them,” McMeekin told supporters as they gathered for a victory party at Turtle Jack’s in Waterdown.

“It was a rough campaign. We stayed positive through it.”

After two attempts to unseat the veteran politician in the riding, Progressive Conservative candidate Donna Skelly said she has no future political ambitions.

“It’s not the part we wanted,” Skelly told supporters who gathered at the Hamilton Air Force Association in Dundas. “I’m not sad, I’m angry. I think tomorrow people are going to wake up and realize, ‘What have we done?’

“It’s a dark day for Ontarians,” Skelly said. “I’m really worried about what’s going to happen.”

Alex Johnstone, who finished a distant third to McMeekin and Skelly, took solace in the fact the New Democrats, as a party, did well across the province.

“Ontarians have said they do not believe in the Hudak agenda. I think Ontario really values the NDP voice,” said Johnstone. “It’s important to hold the Liberals to account and it’s important for the New Democrats to play that role. Now more than ever, the NDP voice is going to be crucial. We need to keep working in this riding to be that strong voice.”

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