Sweet success for Conservatives

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

From the first poll reports, volunteers at David Sweet's campaign headquarters in West Hamilton knew the red tide had turned in the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding.

And after posting that initial result from the Meadowlands in Ancaster, which was won by Liberal incumbent Russ Powers just 19 months ago, the festive feeling in the local Conservative trenches continued to grow.

Despite a drawn-out process at the on-campus polling station at McMaster University - which wasn't an issue last time around as students had already been dismissed for summer break - local TV had declared Sweet the winner by about 11:30 p.m.

Powers emerged to deliver a speech to supporters at about 11:45 p.m.: "It appears that we've lost it very narrowly," he said. "And it also appears that we have a minority Conservative government, which is not good for Canada, and not good for this riding."

Alluding to the national results, Powers broached the subject of a possible Liberal/NDP coalition forming in coming months to break the weak Conservative hold on power. The former Dundas councillor also noted that he will not be tempted to run for a seat in this year's municipal election, but stressed politics will remain a part of his future:

"If my party wants me next time I'm ready to run," he vowed.

Sweet addressed his supporters at the Waterdown Legion, saying that people responded to his positive campaign and the thirst for choice on such issues at child care and healthcare. He said he's also received positive feedback for proposed cuts to the GST.

"The people of this riding have said NO to the campaign of fear and YES to a bright new day for Canada," he said in his victory speech. Locally, Sweet improved his results in all four areas of the riding - most notably in Flamborough, which he won handily.

As of the Review's press deadline, Election Canada results (253 of 261 polls) were:

David Sweet (Conservative) - 23,106; Russ Powers (Liberal) - 20, 323; Dr. Gordon Guyatt (NDP) - 12,501; David Januczkowski (Green) - 2,614; Ben Cowie (Independent) - 282; Jamil Ghaddar (Marxist-Leninist) - 109. Voter turnout had surpassed 2004 levels, with 72.4 per cent of 80,842 registered voters coming out to the polls.

Late results for the campus polling station at McMaster University - which was jammed with students all evening - were not expected to be tallied until sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., but the 1,500 votes were not expected to affect the final outcome.

Sweet success for Conservatives

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

From the first poll reports, volunteers at David Sweet's campaign headquarters in West Hamilton knew the red tide had turned in the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding.

And after posting that initial result from the Meadowlands in Ancaster, which was won by Liberal incumbent Russ Powers just 19 months ago, the festive feeling in the local Conservative trenches continued to grow.

Despite a drawn-out process at the on-campus polling station at McMaster University - which wasn't an issue last time around as students had already been dismissed for summer break - local TV had declared Sweet the winner by about 11:30 p.m.

Powers emerged to deliver a speech to supporters at about 11:45 p.m.: "It appears that we've lost it very narrowly," he said. "And it also appears that we have a minority Conservative government, which is not good for Canada, and not good for this riding."

Alluding to the national results, Powers broached the subject of a possible Liberal/NDP coalition forming in coming months to break the weak Conservative hold on power. The former Dundas councillor also noted that he will not be tempted to run for a seat in this year's municipal election, but stressed politics will remain a part of his future:

"If my party wants me next time I'm ready to run," he vowed.

Sweet addressed his supporters at the Waterdown Legion, saying that people responded to his positive campaign and the thirst for choice on such issues at child care and healthcare. He said he's also received positive feedback for proposed cuts to the GST.

"The people of this riding have said NO to the campaign of fear and YES to a bright new day for Canada," he said in his victory speech. Locally, Sweet improved his results in all four areas of the riding - most notably in Flamborough, which he won handily.

As of the Review's press deadline, Election Canada results (253 of 261 polls) were:

David Sweet (Conservative) - 23,106; Russ Powers (Liberal) - 20, 323; Dr. Gordon Guyatt (NDP) - 12,501; David Januczkowski (Green) - 2,614; Ben Cowie (Independent) - 282; Jamil Ghaddar (Marxist-Leninist) - 109. Voter turnout had surpassed 2004 levels, with 72.4 per cent of 80,842 registered voters coming out to the polls.

Late results for the campus polling station at McMaster University - which was jammed with students all evening - were not expected to be tallied until sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., but the 1,500 votes were not expected to affect the final outcome.

Sweet success for Conservatives

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

From the first poll reports, volunteers at David Sweet's campaign headquarters in West Hamilton knew the red tide had turned in the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding.

And after posting that initial result from the Meadowlands in Ancaster, which was won by Liberal incumbent Russ Powers just 19 months ago, the festive feeling in the local Conservative trenches continued to grow.

Despite a drawn-out process at the on-campus polling station at McMaster University - which wasn't an issue last time around as students had already been dismissed for summer break - local TV had declared Sweet the winner by about 11:30 p.m.

Powers emerged to deliver a speech to supporters at about 11:45 p.m.: "It appears that we've lost it very narrowly," he said. "And it also appears that we have a minority Conservative government, which is not good for Canada, and not good for this riding."

Alluding to the national results, Powers broached the subject of a possible Liberal/NDP coalition forming in coming months to break the weak Conservative hold on power. The former Dundas councillor also noted that he will not be tempted to run for a seat in this year's municipal election, but stressed politics will remain a part of his future:

"If my party wants me next time I'm ready to run," he vowed.

Sweet addressed his supporters at the Waterdown Legion, saying that people responded to his positive campaign and the thirst for choice on such issues at child care and healthcare. He said he's also received positive feedback for proposed cuts to the GST.

"The people of this riding have said NO to the campaign of fear and YES to a bright new day for Canada," he said in his victory speech. Locally, Sweet improved his results in all four areas of the riding - most notably in Flamborough, which he won handily.

As of the Review's press deadline, Election Canada results (253 of 261 polls) were:

David Sweet (Conservative) - 23,106; Russ Powers (Liberal) - 20, 323; Dr. Gordon Guyatt (NDP) - 12,501; David Januczkowski (Green) - 2,614; Ben Cowie (Independent) - 282; Jamil Ghaddar (Marxist-Leninist) - 109. Voter turnout had surpassed 2004 levels, with 72.4 per cent of 80,842 registered voters coming out to the polls.

Late results for the campus polling station at McMaster University - which was jammed with students all evening - were not expected to be tallied until sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., but the 1,500 votes were not expected to affect the final outcome.