After four years in blue, London North Centre is awash in Liberal red.
Liberal Peter Fragiskatos defeated Conservative incumbent Susan Truppe Monday night, returning the riding to Liberal hands, as it had been since the riding was created in 1997 until 2011.
Fragiskatos easily won the riding, carrying 50.5% of the vote. Truppe finished second with 31.1% of the vote.
MP-elect Fragiskatos is a Western alumnus and political science professor at Kings College. Fragiskatos said he’s ready to get to work.
“This is energizing, I’m not tired at all. It has been a very long campaign but we’ve also seen a campaign where issues were discussed in a serious way, throughout the country, not just in this city. For me, we need to move forward as a city and as a country and I’m ready to do that.”
Truppe came up the middle to win in 2011, benefitting from the Liberals and NDP splitting the vote. German Gutierrez, who ran for the New Democrats in 2011, ran once again, but saw his support fall from 24.4% four years ago to 14.7% Monday night.
During her time in office, Truppe served as Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women.
Fragiskatos said one of his goals as MP will be to have a closer working relationship with London City Council.
“It’s certainly important to move forward, to sit down with key stakeholders, city councillors, the mayor. We have to find a way to work in concert, as partners, that hasn’t happened in recent years and we need to change that.”
Fragiskatos added it’s something the previous government neglected.
“It’s very important that all governments work together and I think one of unfortunate things that we’ve seen in the Canadian federation in recent years is governments, butting heads. I think there’s much more promise now for more meaningful relationships, certainly with municipalities and on the part of the federal government when it’s dealing with the provinces.”
Carol Dyck of the Green Party finished in fourth place with 3.5% of the vote.
Elections Canada reported voter turnout in London North Centre was 72.3%.