Liberal Julie Dzerowicz Wins Toronto Race at Davenport; NDP Candidate Grants

NDP candidate Alejandra Bravo has relented, losing to liberal incumbent Julie Dzerowicz by 165 votes in Davenport’s Toronto lead.

in a statement On Thursday, the day after his campaign questioned whether Elections Canada’s vote total was the final tally, Bravo acknowledged that he lost the race.

“While the election results were not in our favor, please be proud of what we accomplished by working together,” he wrote on Twitter. “Let’s keep fighting and let’s keep building popular power and progressive politics in our community.”

“With results so close #DavenportTO has sent a strong message that we want to be heard in Ottawa. Congratulations to our elected deputy Julie Dzerowicz ”.

The close battle had remained too close to call from the polls that closed Monday night, when the candidates traded advantage back and forth, until Wednesday night when Elections Canada showed Dzerowicz finishing with 19,860 votes to 19,695 for Bravo.

Davenport residents cast a total of 47,125 votes for seven candidates.

Horseback riding was the New Democrats’ last hope of winning a Toronto seat in this election, after NDP candidates lost other close races at Spadina-Fort York and Parkdale-High Park.

The Davenport candidates and their parties campaigned furiously, with visits from both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. Observers called it the Toronto most likely to change allegiance.

Bravo campaigned on issues like climate change and housing, arguing that the NDP alone would force “ultra-rich” residents and corporations to pay billions of dollars more in taxes to fund social programs.

In an interview Thursday, Dzerowicz, relieved, said she had asked her campaign to keep her in the dark until the final result was known. On Wednesday night, his three phones “exploded with congratulatory text messages.”

He said he understood why the Bravo campaign waited until Thursday to give in given how close the vote was, as the ballots were reviewed and reverified.

“Trust me. The ballots were counted slowly, carefully, judiciously and under a very careful eye, so I am very confident in the numbers that were published,” he said.

Dzerowicz said there was some overlap on the Liberal and NDP platforms, but he believes Davenport voters decided to back Trudeau’s continued fight to curb climate change and introduce affordable child care for Canadians.

Davenport extends to Eglinton Avenue to the north, Ossington Avenue to the east, and the GO transit line to the south and west.

David Rider is the head of Star’s City Council office and a reporter covering city hall and municipal politics. Follow him on Twitter: @dmrider

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