Toronto, Ontario 

Conservatives Julius Tiangson a strong second

Analysis

Teodoro Alcuitas

Editor, Philippine Canadian News. Com

The federal Liberals retained the two seats as expected in the first federal election during Covid.

Ya’ara Saks, a small business owner, was elected as the MP for York Centre after what was, at times, an incredibly close battle. At one point, Saks was just a single vote behind business owner and Conservative Party of Canada candidate Julius Tiangson.

Julius Tiangson was a strong contender. (Campaign photo)

It took almost four hours for all votes to be counted, but Saks ended up getting 8,253 votes and Tiangson received 7,552 votes — a difference of 3.9 per cent, Global News reported.

This is the second attempt by Tiangson, a businessman, to run in a federal election. He made his first run in the 2015 federal election for Mississauga Centre.

Filipino-Canadian lawyer Paul Jonathan Saguil, a bank executive, was unsuccessful in getting the Liberal nomination for Toronto Centre.

Banker Paul Jonathan Saguil failed to get a nomination for the Liberals at Toronto Centre. (Facebook photo)

In the downtown riding of Toronto Centre, veteran journalist Marci Ien, representing the Liberals, defeated Green Party leader Annamie Paul, to succeed former finance minister Bill Morneau after his high-profile resignation in August.

Ien came out on top with 10,579 votes. Annamie Paul, who was elected leader of the Green Party of Canada three-and-a-half weeks ago, got 8,250 votes. The NDP’s Brian Chang came third with 4,280 votes. Benjamin Gauri Sharma ran for the Conservatives and came a distant fourth with 1,435 votes.