The last of the remaining polls were tallied and reported for the four ridings in London, Ont., Friday.
Elections Canada said 62.7 per cent of eligible electors cast their ballot by Monday night, a drop of about 3.1 per cent compared to the 2019 election.
While the parties didn’t change in London-Fanshawe, London North Centre, London West or Elgin-Middlesex-London, there were some interesting results. The Green Party only ran candidates in two ridings and saw a significant decline in support over the last election.
The People’s Party of Canada (PPC) ran candidates in all four ridings, which saw a surge in support, especially in Elgin-Middlesex-London, where candidate Chelsea Hillier garnered 11.8 per cent of the vote, or 7,429 ballots.
“They didn’t even have enough support to make it into the debates and that’s something to be considered, that clearly their support grew over the course of the election campaign,” said Laura Stephenson, professor of political science at Western University and the co-director of Consortium on Electoral Democracy.
“I do think that their anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine, like just getting to stop the restrictions kind of message, I think really resonated with people who are so tired and so many people are really frustrated with the pandemic, which isn’t necessarily something we can blame on politicians, of course, although they make the policy choices.”
In London-Fanshawe, PPC candidate Kyle Free received 9.2 per cent of the vote, a jump of more than seven per cent over the PPC candidate who ran in 2019.
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Here’s the final vote results for all four of London’s ridings:
With no incumbent, it could have been anyone’s race. Still, the riding stayed Liberal, with London city councillor and first-time federal candidate Arielle Kayabaga elected with 36.8 per cent of the vote.
Voter turnout for London West was the highest in the London area, but fell slightly from the last election, with 68 per cent of electors casting a ballot. Turnout was 71.5 per cent in 2019.
The east-end riding has been NDP orange since 2006, then represented by Irene Mathyssen, and now by her daughter, Lindsay Mathyssen, who was re-elected with 43.4 per cent of the vote this election.
Voter turnout for London-Fanshawe saw 56 per cent of electors show up to the polls, down from 59.7 in 2019.
London North Centre
MP-elect Peter Fragiskatos won his third election in London North Centre, with 39 per cent of the vote. Support for the Liberal candidate has fallen since previous elections, which was more than 50 per cent support in 2015 and 42.7 per cent in 2019.
Voter turnout was at 61.7 per cent for the north London riding, down from 65.5 per cent in 2019.
The rural riding that surrounds the east and south borders of London and includes St. Thomas saw Conservative candidate Karen Vecchio retain her seat, with 49.8 per cent of the vote.
Voter turnout was 64.8 per cent, down slightly from 66.7 per cent in 2019.