A Victory for Toronto!
Dear friends and Parkdale-High Park neighbours,
The general federal election of 2005/6 was a hard-fought campaign - and one that started for many of us in the federal election of 2004. I am thrilled that our efforts were rewarded last night.
For those of you who have been too busy to have read the results, or who would just like to savor them: we won Parkdale-High Park by over 2000 votes (20,690 votes over the Liberals 18,489).
I'm enormously proud of the principled campaign we ran in the riding. I'm very much indebted to the hundreds of volunteers who came out to help during the campaign and on election day itself.
Without their help, without your support, this result would not have been possible. My heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you who put up a sign, made a donation, helped deliver leaflets, knocked on doors, telephoned and went out and voted NDP on Monday. An election campaign is an amazing collective effort, and it was terrific to share this victory with so many of you at Hugh's Room after the polls closed election day.
With the energy and excitement in that room everything seems possible. I appreciate Mayor David Miller's unflagging support and the endorsement of so many great Canadians – but ultimately it was the backing of more than 20 thousand Parkdale-High Park voters that made this victory possible.
I am well aware that the tough work of getting results for Canadians is just beginning. The new parliament will be challenging, but I'm confident that the outcome of minority government will be good for working families. I intend to speak up for Toronto and for the urban agenda which needs and deserves more priority in the House of Commons.
Jack Layton and the NDP gained new seats across the country, and here in Ontario now represents ridings in the north, and in every major city. Our championing of urban issues and the environment connected with a new generation of Canadians, and this makes me feel positive about future change.
There's much to do to make our city the place we want it to be. I hope I can count on your support in making our collective voices heard. We'll start today. We'll start now.
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