Diane Finley re-elected

Re-elected Member of Parliament Diane Finley raises her arm in victory with campaign manager Frank Parker. Mrs. Finley returns to Ottawa for her fifth term representing Haldimand-Norfolk riding.

Re-elected Member of Parliament Diane Finley raises her arm in victory with campaign manager Frank Parker. Mrs. Finley returns to Ottawa for her fifth term representing Haldimand-Norfolk riding.

Mrs. Finley says she will stay on as MP despite Conservatives’ loss of government. “People have placed their trust in me,” she said Monday night.

By David Judd

MONDAY’S election was bittersweet for Diane Finley.
The veteran Conservative MP was re-elected to a fifth term representing Haldimand-Norfolk.
But Mrs. Finley will no longer sit on the government side of the House of Commons after Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party swept to a majority nationally.
“So Haldimand-Norfolk stays with the Conservatives,” Mrs. Finley said to cheers from about 50 supporters at her campaign headquarters in Simcoe.
“I will continue to work hard as I always have to represent the area and all of its interests.”
Mrs. Finley said she would stay on as MP despite the Conservatives’ loss of government.
“People have placed their trust in me,” she told The Maple Leaf.
Mrs. Finley said Monday’s national results reflected a national shift as voters wanted a change.
She expressed pride in what Stephen Harper and his party have accomplished since he became prime minister in 2006.
“The changes will last a long time,” she said.
“Canada is a better place.”
Mrs. Finley’s victory was never in doubt as results came in Monday.
She jumped to a 500-vote lead early on after the polls closed at 9:30 p.m. and she never looked back.
In the end Mrs. Finley won by 4,000 votes over Liberal newcomer Joan Mouland who placed second.
NDP newcomer John Harris placed third, 17,000 votes behind Mrs. Finley.
Challengers Wayne Ettinger of the Green Party, Dave Bylsma of the Christian Heritage Party and independents Dustin Wakeford and Leslie Bory trailed well behind the three frontrunners.
Mrs. Finley has represented Haldimand-Norfolk for 11 years.
She has been in cabinet since 2006. She entered Monday’s election as Minister of Public Works and Government Services.
Mrs. Finley first won Haldimand-Norfolk in 2004 by defeating former Liberal cabinet minister Bob Speller.
She again defeated Mr. Speller in the elections of 2006 and 2011.
In the 2008 election, she defeated Liberal Eric Hoskins, who is now Ontario’s Minister of Health.
On Monday, Ms. Mouland, a Simcoe lawyer and Mr. Speller’s wife, was Mrs. Finley’s closest challenger.
Mr. Harris of the NDP dropped by Mrs. Finley’s headquarters to offer his congratulations.
In an interview, Mr. Harris said he had been up against two powerhouse candidates in Mrs. Finley and Ms. Mouland.
He vowed to work at fundraising and organizing to be ready as NDP candidate in the next election.
Nearly 56,000 electors voted in Haldimand-Norfolk riding.
That’s 67.7 per cent of those eligible to vote, up from 62.9 per cent in the 2011 election.
Mrs. Finley’s support fell to about 44 per cent of the vote, down from 50.1 per cent four years ago.
Mrs. Mouland got 37 per cent of the vote, up from her husband’s 24.9 per cent in 2011.
Mr. Harris received about 14 per cent of the vote, down from NDP candidate Ian Nicolls’ 19.9 per cent in 2011.
Mrs. Finley, 58, grew up and went to school in Port Dover and Norfolk County.
Her husband, Senator Doug Finley, died in 2013.

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