Cheri wins one for the Dippers

NDP candidate Cheri DiNovo handily won today’s provincial by-election in Toronto’s Parkdale-High Park riding!

With all 220 polls reporting DiNovo captured 11,675 votes (41%), Sylvia Watson (hoping to retain the seat for the Liberals given up by Gerard Kennedy) got 9387 votes (33%), the Conservatives’ David Hutcheon won 4921 votes (17.3%) and Green Party perennial Frank de Jong garnered 1758 votes (6.2%).

The win brings the NDP to 9 seats (regaining official party status?) in the 103 seat legislature. The governing Liberals have 70, while the Conservatives have 24.

Congrats Cheri! You will surely liven up Queen’s Park.

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Cheri DiNovo for Parkdale-High Park

If ever there was a candidate who embodies New Democratic principles it is Cheri DiNovo, running for Member of Provincial Parliament in Toronto’s Parkdale-High Park by-election on September 14.

While I do not know her personally we travel in similar circles. As Minister at Emmanuel Howard Park United Church she has presided over many successful and well-publicized community projects there. Cheri’s show on CIUT, “The Radical Reverend”, has a loyal following, her book “Qu(e)erying Evangelism” won the Lambda book award during this summer’s Pride Week, and she has been featured in national print and television news stories for her diverse, all-embracing congregation and its innovative work.

I heard Ms. DiNovo speak a couple of years ago and she is a dynamic orator. Queen’s Park will liven up a lot when she replaces Gerard Kennedy in the New Democratic Party caucus.

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