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Neil Ellis first MP in new Bay of Quinte riding

Neil-and-Susan-inside-EmpireSupport for Justin Trudeau 2.0 rolled through the nation in a Liberal majority government red wave that also swept up the new Bay of Quinte riding Monday night.

Liberal candidate Neil Ellis is the new Bay of Quinte riding’s first federal member of parliament.

Ellis had 29,366 votes while Conservative Jodie Jenkins pulled in 19,882. Voter turnout was 69.06 per cent at the riding’s 241 polls.

“Hugh O’Neil, this one’s for you,” Ellis said as he shared the stage in front of hundreds of supporters at the Empire Theatre, with his wife Susan, and family.


Neil Ellis with Lyle Vanclief

O’Neil, 79, was a former Quinte riding MPP from 1975-1995 and cabinet minister and strong supporter of the Ellis campaign. O’Neil died a week after helping to open the Trenton campaign office and hosting a barbecue.

In back-to-back touching moments Ellis hugged O’Neil’s wife Donna and shared thoughts on Hugh and he also was warmly greeted by Lyle Vanclief, of Ameliasburgh, who was Liberal MP from 1988 to 2004 and served as Minister of Agriculture and Food 1997 to 2003.

Ellis thanked his family for love and support, the riding board and the many volunteers throughout the campaign.

“We worked hard and from the bottom of my heart I thank you, and my family. This is incredible,” said Ellis. “Thank you to everybody who lent me their vote. Everybody’s a somebody to me.”

We had close to 3,000 signs on private properties,” he said. “We had a great County group and the signs kept coming out and Quinte West also, we had the biggest canvass ever.”

Jodie Jenkins with supporters and team at the new Trent Port Marina in Trenton.

Jodie Jenkins with supporters and team at the new Trent Port Marina in Trenton.

Jenkins, meanwhile, was surrounded by supporters at the new Trent Port Marina, in Trenton.

“We did nothing wrong in this campaign,” he said. “We can be proud of the work we accomplished.” Jenkins also thanked his many volunteers, his wife, and team. “I am proud.”

Terry Cassidy with team and supporters at the Wild Card pub in Trenton.

Terry Cassidy with team and supporters at the Wild Card pub and brewery in Trenton.

NDP candidate Terry Cassidy also thanked his supporters and team. He said the party fell victim to the nation-wide disdain of the Conservatives, led by Stephen Harper and that some media outlets may have played a part in the tide of the Liberal campaign. “Voters started to follow along and followed the polls,” he said. “There are a lot of people struggling here and we were the hope for them.”

The former Prince Edward Hastings incumbent Conservative MP Daryl Kramp was upset in his new Hastings Lennox & Addington riding in a close contest all evening that ended 373 votes behind Liberal Mike Bossio.

Justin Trudeau, 43, makes history as Canada’s first political dynasty as son of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served for 16 years. He died in 2000.

“We beat fear with hope,” Trudeau said. “We beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, looking for his fourth mandate, will instead, according to the party, step down as leader.

The Liberals were elected or leading in 184 ridings, the Tories 102 seats; the NDP 41; Bloc 10, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was re-elected. The Liberals were leading with 40 per cent of the popular vote, followed by the Conservatives with 32 per cent and the NDP with 18 per cent.

Bay of Quinte results 241 polls:
Neil Ellis, Liberal: 29,366 votes (50.6%)
Jodie Jenkins, Conservative: 19,882 (34.3%)
Terry Cassidy, NDP: 7,081 (12.2%)
Rachel Nelems, Green: 1,278 (2.2%)
Trueman Tuck, independent: 373 (0.6%)

Voter turnout: 69.06%, or 57,980 of 83,954 registered electors. (Does not include electors who registered on election day.) Population: 109,488

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  1. Susan says:

    Oh Susan please don’t wind Marnie up, she is plain unhappy with everything and everybody!! Does she ever find something to smile about? Above the green does it for me every morning!

  2. Paul Cole says:

    I’m curious to see what kind of mess the Conartist Party of Canada really left us in. Harper didn’t even have the bells to stand up and say he was stepping aside as the leader of the Cons..Kind of makes ya wonder what else he was to embarrassed tell us… Oh well at least Justin has a nice hair doo…

  3. Susan says:

    How has Council failed you Marnie?

  4. Marnie says:

    Susan, it is more a time of hope for the best be prepared for the worst. Remember how excited everyone was here when our local council saw new faces? We all know how that went.

  5. Paul Cole says:

    The grapes are getting sourer by the post…

  6. polistinker says:

    God Susan I had no idea I was in despair thanks for letting me know but wait you’re right
    I’m living under the tyranny of the Ontario nincompoop government where you can’t use rational thinking to fight them and who have far more significant opportunities to be in my face compared to Justin sunny ways

  7. polistinker says:

    Don’t forget the Chretien vs Martin slugfest with Sheila Cops as a Chretien ring cornerman better than mixed martial arts

  8. Susan says:

    It’s a time of hope rather than despair. That alone makes the election a very good thing for us.

  9. Mark says:

    Tories are renowned for eating their own! LoL

  10. polistinker says:

    Interesting the concept of establishing citizens rights vis a vis their government was first
    enshrined in Diefenbakers’s 1960 Bill of Rights precluding Trudeau’s Charter the Bill was an act of parliament subject to legislative change the charter became part of the constitution. Diefenbaker as a young lawyer saw the abuses of government vis a vis recent immigrants, religious minority groups and aboriginal people. He also expressed his concern as to the increasing power of the PMO and party elites leading to the erosion of parliamentary responsibility. He was responsible for giving aboriginal people the vote, appointing the first female cabinet minister and appointing the first aboriginal senator. He fought against apartheid as well as resisting nuclear arms on Canadian soil of course he is remembered for cancelling the arrow. He seemed sincere yet stubborn and unlike Trudeau less than charming and was ultimately undermined by his own party’s elite.

  11. Mark says:

    Good to hear from you Doris. I suspect Stephen didn’t scare you either!

  12. Doris Lane says:

    PET was one of the most outstanding people I have met and Justin has inherited a lot of his talent from his father

  13. Susan says:

    Well said Emily! The world is certainly a different place and I too like to think more positive!!

  14. Emily says:

    A different era. The Charter that Pierre Trudeau provided Canadians is envied by the world. Great man who had extrordianary vision. I like to think positively rather than dwelling on the negative. It’s easy to find fault.

  15. polistinker says:

    Yup charter of rights and war measures act and can see how they fit. He was sure determined to repatriate the constitution to the point that he alienated Quebec and fuelled separatism not to mention alienating the west by forcing his national energy program on them and fibbing about not implementing price and wage control. He had commented “MP’s were nobodies fifty yards off Parliament Hill” Seems characteristic of a control freak Mulroney built on the power of the PMO. But hey nobody is perfect and totally defendable. Everyone has the right to express their opinion which is what we do when we vote I guess we do not do that publicly because not everyone is sunny and accepting.

  16. Fred says:

    And I might add that Mr.Trudeau provided us with the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. If one always look for and speak negatively they miss so much. Stop and smell the roses.

  17. polistinker says:

    hey I’ve been making observations about the sunniness and inclusiveness of the comments here keep them coming. All of those past politicians I’ve mentioned represented ideologies that claimed they were reasonable, just and practical like Harris’s
    common sense revolution = slash & burn program cuts. Chrietiens broken redbook manifesto promised an end to the GST and cut social programs for a balanced budget wh McGuinty’s slogan ‘Forward Together” becomes buying votes, extending the HST, proroguing the legislature (a tactic familiar with Tories) just part of a much more extensive list of liberals indiscretions. Trudeau’s “JUST Society” became the intensifying of control in the PMO’s office and diminution of parliament with JUST becoming just watch me as he suspended citizens rights under the War Measures Act (and we accuse Harper of being a scare monger). It such insincerity that causes me to be suspicious of ideological platitudes used to berate others opinions.

  18. Chuck says:

    I can’t imagine if any neighbour relative of a premier or prime minister in the last 30 years would be loving you up! LoL

  19. Susan says:

    Great!! That’s good to here. Must present to neighbours a lot different than on here.

  20. polistinker says:

    Nope I love all my neighbours and vice versa regardless of what they do, how they vote
    and how long they lived here

  21. Fred says:

    My, life must be very depressing for you here. You could count and list all the blessings as well.

  22. polistinker says:

    “No opinion is worth burning your neighbor for.”
    ― Voltaire

    and sorry Fred I forgot Mulroney in my list of false messiahs

  23. polistinker says:

    Hey Fred I know where the term ‘Old Stock’ comes from obviously you have no hesitation to use it as a pejorative term in describing members of our community but that obviously is part of the new “Sunny Ways” I remember so much hyperbole in the past e.g.. Trudeau, Peterson, Rae, Harris, Chretien, McGuinty/Wynne and Harper that I can’t justify how any of it can be used to be critical of others.

  24. Emily says:

    Fred, we know who coined old stock Canadians. We know he has been removed as PM. And yes it was reasonable to ask why that farm took their multiple signs down on election day way before polls closed. A lot of people have been asking aside from on here as to what happened as there has been no precedent. They were strongly advertising like every election and then bang, boom down they come. So yes yours and others question make sense.

  25. Fred says:

    To be accurate it was “old stock Canadian”, that was para phrased in the comment that was phrased at the debate by Mr. Harper. Just to clarify accuracy and the originator of the phrase!

  26. polistinker says:

    Thanks Lena for providing us with a probable rational explanation to the disappearance of signs on those poor boob defeated “old stock tory farmers” god how sad we can’t have some kind of symbolic symbol here to triumph and denigrate some political cause!

  27. Lena says:

    You shouldn’t read anything into the removal of signs before the polls closed. Last federal election, I volunteered at a local candidate’s office, and was aghast to learn that another volunteer was taking down the signs on their way to scrutineer at one of the polls. Their (faulty) logic was that it was easier to do when there was still daylight instead of trying to do it on the way hame and they could bring the signs into the office that night instead of having to do separate run the day following the election. Some people just don’t think things through or the consequences of their actions.

  28. polistinker says:

    Oh well looks like using the term “old stock Tory farmers” is intended to be seen as “sunny and inclusive” LOL

  29. Gary says:

    I think the question was quite valid and not facetious at all. When the neighbourhood is subject to that extreme amount of advertising of a political party and candidate and it suddenly is removed prior to the polls closing it begs the question. It’s a reasonable query.

  30. polistinker says:

    sorry neither red nor blue or orange rather someone who points out insincerity in this case gloating comments and facetious questions by those who espouse the “sunny ways”

  31. Paul Cole says:

    Some sour grapes from polistinker your true blue colors are showing Sir or Ma’am. The Man isn’t even Prime Minister yet maybe you could give him a chance but it seems you’ve been convinced by Mr. Harpers rhetoric. Mr. Harper was not elected because not many like the Man or his policies that’s been proven by a Majority….

  32. Fred says:

    I didn’t know that asking a question of those that were publicly advertising a political candidate would be viewed as divisive.

  33. polistinker says:

    “Amazing uplifting delivery providing Canadians hope and promise for the future. This is so refreshing for our Country after 10 years of fear mongering and divisive politics.”
    How can such platitudes as found in the past comment section and made be an obvious liberal supporter:

    be reconciled with:
    “How come the “old stock Canadian” Tory farmers took down their Jenkins signs yesterday afternoon?”

    seems divisive to me no doom & gloom here just stating the obvious

  34. Fred says:

    Have no time for that doom and gloom.

  35. polistinker says:

    With the smug gloating on this comment sight I question whether the rhetoric of Mr Trudeau in respect to his supporters is just that. He says “Conservatives are not our enemies; they’re our neighbours.” and “Canada is a country strong not in spite of our differences but because of them.” and “Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways.” I didn’t vote for either major parties in part because I questioned their sincerity keep proving me right
    and to paraphrase the WHO meet the new boss maybe the same as the old boss hope we don’t fooled again

  36. Mark says:

    Cons should be able to come forward and speak now as to why they took their signs down Monday afternoon. Harper is gone, he can’t tell you what to say and do any longer. He couldn’t even resign in front of the Country and media. Control to the end!

  37. Chuck says:

    So it would be really interesting to know why the big farming enterprise just past the May Rd on Cty Rd 4 took down their glut of Conservative signs yesterday afternoon? This is really intriguing.

  38. Emily says:

    Jenkins said upon defeat that they had won something tonight but he didn’t know what! What is that about? This campaign will be remembered by the empty Jenkins chair at the poverty debate. That spoke volumes! Whomever made that decision needs to be held to account.

  39. Fred says:

    How come the “old stock Canadian” Tory farmers took down their Jenkins signs yesterday afternoon?

  40. Gary says:

    It’s like a hemorrhoid cure!

  41. Susan says:

    Agreed Marnie. But there is the devil you know and then there is Stephen Harper, a manipulative, controlling individual who could not look Canadians in the eye and tell the truth. He said the election was not about him when it clearly was. He made small of Trudeau with school yard advertisements. Trudeau stood up to the bully. He underestimated his opponent and his worst nightmare came true.

  42. Marnie says:

    What’s that old saying, Susan? Better the devil you know? I trust that we will see positive changes but I still remember the excitement when we voted in a new council. Then the dismay when it turned out to be the same old, same old. It’s easy to make promises but a lot harder to carry through with them. Let’s hope for the best.

  43. Snowman says:

    I think you will find, if you check the record that Mr.Vanclief was MP for a lot longer than 6 yrs. In fact he
    served from 1988 as I recall.

    Any one find it strange that Mr. Harper skipped over the resignation part of his concession speech? I read where he has been, for weeks, privately seething about the prospect of losing power to Mr.Trudeau. Never under estimate your foe.

  44. Susan says:

    Yes Marnie it takes time to evaluate. I do believe Justin wants to positively change the way government operates. But it is certainly not too early to celebrate the removal of Stephen Harper from the controlling grip of power!

  45. Marnie says:

    Give it time, Susan. Only time will tell if there is any reason for celebration.

  46. Susan says:

    It is so good to see Harper removed from power. And the sky didn’t fall and the sun still rose this morning.

  47. Don says:

    Seems your forgetting what chretien and his liberals did to this country, so much for a balanced budget, your also forgetting what the provincial liberals have done to Ontario!

  48. Lucas says:

    Thank you Canada! The worst decade in Canadian history has come to an end. And resounding…Ellis said this morning that they won nearly every poll in the riding, including many sweeps in PEC!

  49. judy kennedy says:

    Let’s hope for a return to the respected country we once were….before small minded and petty neocons sank their hooks into us.

  50. chuck says:

    Well the electorate decided loud and clear. I thought something was up early on as there is a big farm just outside Picton on Cty Rd 4 that had Jenkins signs plastered all over the place. Yesterday afternoon they had all been removed! Must have seen the tidal wave coming.

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