Vandal rides away from the pack in Saint Boniface – Saint Vital


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Federal cabinet minister Dan Vandal has been re-elected as the MP for Saint Boniface-Saint Vital.

At deadline, the 61-year-old Liberal Party candidate was leading the pack to be re-elected in the southeast Winnipeg riding after a five-week election campaign.

According to unofficial results at around 11:35 p.m., 95 of the 185 polls had reported and Vandal had 41.1 per cent of the vote — or 6,242 votes. At that time, Conservative Party of Canada candidate Shola Agboola was in second with 26 per cent — 3,951, and NDP candidate Meghan Waters was in third with 24. 9 per cent — or 3,791.

Simon Fuller Dan Vandal won Saint Boniface - Saint Vital once again for the Liberal Party of Canada. He celebrated with family, supporters and friends at Pasquale's on Marion Street.

At an event at Pasquale’s restaurant on Marion Street for his family, friends, supporters and volunteers, Vandal said he expected to be officially declared the winner of the riding.

“It’s been a weird election, and we’re living in a difficult time,” Vandal said.

“I think this is recognition for the work I’m doing in the community, and the work our government is doing across the country for the people of Canada. Our first priority remains to get through COVID-19. I’m very proud to be part of our team and I look forward to the next few years.”

Vandal said he was proud of the contribution of his support team and team of volunteers, which he said has never been larger.

“When I win this, it’s because of the contributions of the volunteers that have been helping out. I commend them, and that’s why we’re here now.”

One such volunteer was 21-year-old Lauryn Handoga, who said she believes the future looks bright for a whole new generation of Liberal volunteers in the riding.

“It’s awesome to be one of the young people involved in this election. We’ve had a really positive experience going door-to-door, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens tonight. I think it’s awesome for young people to have a voice,” she said.

This is the second time Vandal has sought re-election in the riding. The longtime city councillor and lifelong St. Boniface resident was first elected to Parliament in 2015, and was re-elected in 2019. When the election was called in August, he was serving as Northern Affairs minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at or call him at 204-697-7111.

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