April 16th, 2024

Conservatives poised to clinch seat in Ontario riding

By The Canadian Press on March 4, 2024.

A federal byelection is being held today in the Ontario riding of Durham to fill the seat left vacant by former Conservative leader Erin O'Toole. An Elections Canada logo is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

DURHAM, ONTARIO – Preliminary results from Elections Canada show a Conservative candidate is poised to represent constituents in the House of Commons for the Ontario riding of Durham.

Jamil Jivani, a lawyer and commentator, has secured over 50 per cent of the votes with less than half of polls reporting as of this evening.

He ran on the federal Conservative’s message to “axe the tax, build the homes, fix the budget and stop the crime.”

The Durham byelection was held to replace former Conservative leader Erin O’Toole who served as official Opposition leader from August 2020 until February 2022, and left his seat last spring.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre celebrated the victory on X, formerly known as Twitter, by congratulating Jivani.

Durham has been a longtime conservative stronghold, with a Tory representing that riding for the last 20 years.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2024.

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