Successfully succeeds retired MP Guy Lauzon by capturing more than 54 percent of vote
CORNWALL — Eric Duncan made history here last night by becoming the first Dundas County resident elected as the area’s representative to the federal Parliament in generations — if ever.*
The 32-year-old former North Dundas mayor handily retained Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry for the Conservatives following the retirement of longtime MP Guy Lauzon, whom he had served nine years as executive assistant.
Duncan captured a commanding 54.2 percent of votes cast in the riding — an even stronger performance than the 51 percent earned by Lauzon in the 2015 election.
Below, MP-elect Eric Duncan delivers his victory speech at the Ramada Inn after being declared the winner in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.
The former MP introduced his successor from Winchester — raised in South Mountain — and Duncan was teary-eyed at points during his acceptance speech in front of cheering supporters gathered at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall.
Second in the race was the Liberals’ Heather Megill, who turned in a much better showing than she did carrying the Grit banner in the 2018 provincial election. Megill won 25.5 percent of ballots cast — or 13,585 votes — to Duncan’s 28,848.
Below, S-D-SG’s new MP-elect Eric Duncan holds his first scrum with reporters after his local win in the Oct. 21 election, offering his thoughts on next steps and how the evening went locally and nationally.
The NDP’s Kelsey Catherine Smith took third place with 7,567 votes or 14.2 percent, followed by the Raheem Aman of the Greens (2,080 or 3.9 percent) and Sabile Trimm of the People’s Party of Canada (1,178 or 2.2 percent).
An upbeat Duncan focused on the increased number of seats won by the Conservatives under leader Andrew Scheer, while acknowledging their failure to oust the incumbent Liberals nationally — now reduced to a minority government.
Although the Scheer Conservatives remain in Official Opposition with 121 seats to the Trudeau Liberals 157 seats — Tories are also taking some solace from the fact that more Canadians voted Conservative in this election (34.4 percent) than Liberal (33.1 percent). Having won the election despite losing the popular vote — a rare possibility under Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system — the Liberals earned more seats because their supporters were more efficiently distributed across more ridings.
*Although born in Mariatown and raised in the South Dundas area, Arza Clair Casselman lived in Prescott when he represented the old federal riding of Grenville-Dundas from 1925 until 1958, according to Wikipedia.
Below, awaiting the results in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, retired MP Guy Lauzon talks with NVN about Eric Duncan, his former executive assistant and successor as Conservative candidate.
Below: Awaiting the results in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, candidate Eric Duncan’s aunt Annette Angus and uncle James Duncan speak with Nation Valley News at the Ramada Inn, election-night gathering spot for local Tories.
Below: Eric Duncan supporters MPP Jim McDonell, Duncan’s mother, Bea, and lawyer Stephen Ault talk about their candidate while awaiting the results on Election Night 2019 at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall.