Cheryl Gallant has bucked the national trend once again.
The incumbent Conservative MP was re-elected to office for the eighth time on Monday night, in the face of projections indicating Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were on track to win a second minority government.
About 40 supporters of Gallant, who has held Renfrew Nipissing Pembroke for the Conservatives for an astonishing 21 years now, gathered at the Pembroke Legion Monday night to watch the election results come in on TV.
The mood in the hall was hushed when national media declared for the Liberals, but Gallant’s supporters came to their feet and gave her a rousing standing ovations on her entrance, after projections indicated her re-election.
“It’s the work we do in between elections that makes it count,” Gallant said in an address to those in attendance.
“I have to thank the voters of Renfrew Nipissing Pembroke for the confidence they’ve placed in me.”
As of 8 am Tuesday, with 259 of 260 polls in the riding reporting, Elections Canada showed that Gallant had received the support of almost 50 per cent of local voters.
With 99.6 per cent of the ballots counted, Gallant had received 27,731 of 55,668 votes cast (49.8 per cent).
Local lawyer Jodie Primeau was running a strong second for the New Democrats with 11,590 or almost 21 per cent support, while Liberal Cyndi Mills was in third place with 10,619 votes, or 19.1 per cent.
It was a breakthrough result for Primeau, who built on the NDP’s total of 8,786 votes in the 2019 election under candidate Eileen Jones-Whyte.
In a social media post after the polls closed Monday night, Primeau thanked her supporters for their backing.
“What an incredible day,” she said.
“Thank you to everyone for sharing your stories with me during the campaign, for all your words of encouragement, and for the amount of support you’ve shown me these past few weeks.”
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