Well, it seems that the Liberals have held their ground against Stephen Harper’s army of darkness in the sprawling riding of Labrador.
Here’s how the results of yesterday’s by-election played out:
Todd Russell, Liberal – 5,438 (51.5%)
Graham Letto, Tory – 3,415 (32.3%)
Frances Fry, NDP – 1,045 (9.9%)
Ern Condon, Ind – 598 (5.7%)
Jason Crummey, Green – 68 (0.6%)
Total Valid Votes – 10,564 (54.1% voter turnout)
So, the Tories gained as expected but didn’t win (also as expected).
Watching this by-election gave me the urge to look at the results of past by-elections. It turns out that since the Liberals formed government in 1993, there have been 33 by-elections. The Liberals have won 21, the Bloc Quebecois 4, the NDP 2, the former Progressive Conservatives 4, and the former Canadian Alliance 2 (Stockwell Day and Stephen Harper).