BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Conservative candidate Alex Ruff is the new MP-elect for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. The retired Colonel has won his seat with a reported 46.2% of the votes counted on election night, October 21. He replaces longtime MP Larry Miller, who held the riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound for the previous five terms.
"A huge thanks to the team of volunteers and my family that worked so hard throughout the campaign and even prior, to support me," said Ruff after winning the seat. "My sincere appreciation to the other five candidates for putting their names forward into the public limelight to run for office. We all worked hard and I believe we set the bar for public, respectful discourse that should occur between parties in any campaign," he continued.
"Finally, the biggest thank you to everyone who put their trust in me by casting their ballot in support of me. It’s my job now to maintain that honour and do my best to represent all constituents in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. As I mentioned during the campaign, I’ve been serving Canada my whole adult life. I’m now humbled to be given this privilege of continuing to serve our great riding."
Source: Elections Canada
Liberal candidate Michael Den Tandt was runner-up, holding 30% of votes counted. NDP candidate Chris Stephen took 10% while Green candidate Danielle Valiquette received 8.7%. People's Party candidate Bill Townsend and Libertarian candidate Daniel Little managed 3% and 0.5% respectively.
Source: Elections Canada
While votes continue to be counted, as of this publishing date and time, Ruff's Conservative Party is leading or elected in 121 ridings. The Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau have held on to government, leading or elected in 157 ridings. This translates into a minority government for Canada.
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