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Trudeau calls byelection in York-Simcoe

The anticipated federal byelection will be held Feb. 25 to fill the seat left vacant when longtime Conservative Peter Van Loan retired last fall
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a byelection on Feb. 25 for the York-Simcoe riding, which was left vacant last fall after longtime MP Peter Van Loan retired from politics to join a Toronto law firm as a partner.

Scot Davidson, an entrepreneur from Sutton, won the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in October to represent the riding in the interim.

Shaun Tanaka, a former professor, is the Liberal candidate running in the byelection.

Jessa McLean, a workers’ rights activist, is the NDP candidate.

Van Loan held the seat since 2004, winning it resoundingly for five terms. 

The riding, which was reduced in size for the 2015 election, includes Georgina, most of East Gwillimbury, Bradford West Gwillimbury, and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Indian Reserve.

Trudeau also called byelections for the ridings of Burnaby South, B.C., and Outremont, Que.


Jenni Dunning

About the Author: Jenni Dunning

Jenni Dunning is an editor and reporter who covers news in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.
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