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Ouellette wins Winnipeg Centre

Liberal candidate beats incumbent Martin by a wide margin

Gerry Bisch, a volunteer on Robert-Falcon Ouellette's successful Winnipeg Centre campaign watches with anticipation as results come in at TYC Event Centre in Canad Inns Polo Park.

ALANA TRACHENKO

Gerry Bisch, a volunteer on Robert-Falcon Ouellette's successful Winnipeg Centre campaign watches with anticipation as results come in at TYC Event Centre in Canad Inns Polo Park.

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Winnipeg Centre — along with most of Canada — saw red on election night.

Liberal candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette is Winnipeg Centre’s new MP, beating longtime NDP incumbent Pat Martin.

The energy was palpable at the TYC Event Centre (1405 St. Matthews Ave.), where Ouellette supporters gathered to learn the results. Many of them, such as volunteer Ben Hopper. had known Ouellette from his 2014 mayoral campaign.

“I knew my vote was no longer going to go to Pat Martin so I was waiting to see who would run for Liberal, thank God that (Ouellette) did,” Hopper said.

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This article was published 19/10/2015 (1336 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Winnipeg Centre — along with most of Canada — saw red on election night.

Liberal candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette is Winnipeg Centre’s new MP, beating longtime NDP incumbent Pat Martin.

The energy was palpable at the TYC Event Centre (1405 St. Matthews Ave.), where Ouellette supporters gathered to learn the results. Many of them, such as volunteer Ben Hopper. had known Ouellette from his 2014 mayoral campaign.

"I knew my vote was no longer going to go to Pat Martin so I was waiting to see who would run for Liberal, thank God that (Ouellette) did," Hopper said.

Don Woodstock (pink shirt), the Green Party candidate in Winnipeg Centre, watches results come in with volunteers and supporters at his Portage Avenue campaign headquarters.

ALANA TRACHENKO

Don Woodstock (pink shirt), the Green Party candidate in Winnipeg Centre, watches results come in with volunteers and supporters at his Portage Avenue campaign headquarters.

He said the highlight of volunteering was door-knocking and talking to people in the community.

"They’re wary when they open the door, they’re not sure what’s going on, and then they see the badge and they become open to conversation," Hopper said.

Ouellette also garnered support by being involved in community events, such as the Walk a Mile in My Shoes fundraiser. Gerry Bisch of West Broadway Community Services began volunteering for Ouellette after seeing his involvement in the project,and Bisch said he been putting in 10- to 12-hour days since Oct. 1.

"It was worth everything," Bisch said. "Trudeaumania has taken over. It was worth everything, it’s overwhelming."

According to unofficial results, Ouellette secured 18,471 votes, or 54.5 per cent, compared with Martin’s 9,490 votes (28 per cent).

Robert-Falcon Ouellette supporters watch results roll in at his campaign wrap-party headquarters at TYC Event Centre in Canad Inns Polo Park.

ALANA TRACHENKO

Robert-Falcon Ouellette supporters watch results roll in at his campaign wrap-party headquarters at TYC Event Centre in Canad Inns Polo Park.

NDP supporters agreed that the outcome had more to do with Trudeau and Ouellette’s visibility than a preference for the Liberal platform.

"I’m still trying to wrap my head around it," said NDP volunteer Matt Austman. "I don’t know if it’s as much abandonment of the NDP as much as it kind of swung that way and that’s how elections go sometimes… I think what Canadians are looking for in a leader has shifted."

Conservative Party candidate Allie Szarkiewicz made the top three in the riding with 12.4 per cent of the vote. Szarkiewicz’s campaign manager Paula Havixbeck was grateful for the tremendous amount of support that they received.

"We ran a good race and there were a lot of things going on beyond our control," Havixbeck said.

When asked if she would consider working with Ouellette in the future, Szarkiewicz replied, "He can call me."

Despite a lot of confidence from Green Party candidate Don Woodstock’s family and supporters, Woodstock won 4.1 per cent of the vote. He said he will continue to work for the area.

"I’m willing to work with anyone who wants to make change happen," Woodstock said, stating that he hopes to work with Ouellette to help improve the Winnipeg Centre area.

"Don takes it to heart," said Woodstock’s wife Kathy Harris.

"He’s one for making sure that what needs to be told will be told… I’m there to support the whole way."

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Community journalist — The Metro

Alana Trachenko is the community journalist for The Metro Email her at alana.trachenko@canstarnewscom Call her at 204-697-7132

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