Incumbent Liberal Kevin Lamoureux has successfully defended his seat in Winnipeg North, winning the riding for the third general election in a row. He had more than 46 per cent of votes cast as of 10:30 p.m. Monday, with 122 of 172 polls reporting.
Lamoureux and his daughter Cindy Lamoureux, MLA for Tyndall Park, celebrated with an enthusiastic group of supporters at the Punjab Banquet Hall next to the candidate's Winnipeg constituency office.
"Justin Trudeau, I believe, has done an amazing job as a prime minister over the last four years, and there is so much more that we can do, especially on that progressive side, so I'm fairly excited about it," Kevin Lamoureux said.
Asked about his policy priorities, the re-elected MP said health care was important to him.
"I would like, and both my daughter and I have been advocating for, a pharmacare system for medicines, prescribed medications. That's something I'll continue to push for."
He said he'd also like to see action towards solving Winnipeg's methamphetamine crisis.
"If we want to make our community a better, a safer place for all — and it doesn't matter where you live in the city of Winnipeg, it impacts all of us — we've got to be able to deal with some of these drug-related problems, and No. 1 on that is crystal-meth."
Lamoureux defeated NDP candidate Kyle Mason, who founded the non-profit North End Family Centre, and Conservative challenger Jordyn Ham.
Ham replaced the Conservatives' original candidate, Cameron Ogilvie, who stepped down in September after the disclosure of past social media posts the party deemed "discriminatory." People's Party of Candidate Victor Ong also resigned from the campaign for Winnipeg North earlier this month, citing concerns that the party was "racist and intolerant."
But the Liberal candidate's campaign wasn't entirely free of controversy. Lamoureux published a campaign ad in a local Filipino community newspaper that featured a photo of him posing with strongman Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, who has been widely condemned for his human-rights record.
Lamoureux, who's known among his constituents for his Saturday availability at a Keewatin Street McDonald's, has held his parliamentary seat since winning it in a 2010 byelection. He was re-elected by a slim margin in the 2011 federal election, then again in 2015 with more than two-thirds of the vote. Before entering federal politics Lamoureux was the Manitoba Liberal MLA for the now-defunct Inkster district.
Solomon Israel is a full-time reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press and for two years, the lead writer for Free Press cannabis news site, The Leaf News. He continues to provide coverage of the cannabis beat while covering business in the city and province.