Many Sault voters realized they were conservatives, says Spina

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It still didn’t end in a victory for him, but Sault Conservative candidate Sonny Spina – in his second presidential race – nearly toppled Sault Liberal MP Terry Sheehan in the Sept. 20 federal election.

It wasn’t until Thursday – after all the mail-in ballots were counted – that it became clear that Sheehan had been re-elected in the 2021 vote.

But it was by only 247 votes.

“I think a lot of people in our town have realized that they are actually conservatives and they didn’t know it,” Spina said on Sunday.

The end results showed Sheehan and the Liberals lost ground to Spina and the Conservatives, not the NDP (the Liberal Party’s traditional electoral rival in Sault Ste. Marie).

Locally, Wednesday night’s vote count showed:

People’s Party – PPC Kasper Makowski 1943

NDP- New Democratic Party – Marie Morin-Strom 8,043

Liberal -Terry Sheehan 15,231

Curator – Sonny Spina 14,984

“They recognized that our platform was a great platform that addressed many issues in Canada, be it the economy, employment or social issues, helping those in need,” said Spina.

“People recognized that across the city and people really supported this platform. It’s a great platform and I think people really enjoyed hearing about it. I just wish they had more time to hear about it because there was so much in there, for everyone.

Throughout the campaign, Spina has promoted the Conservatives’ job-boosting plan to recoup a million jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, phasing out COVID benefits to put people back in work, a GST holiday in December on all purchases made in brick-and-mortar stores, loans of up to $ 200,000, 25 percent of which are repayable for businesses, and a Dine and Explore Canada program in under which consumers would receive dining out tax credits in support of the Canadian restaurant industry.

“People really had questions… when we started talking about our platform, they were really interested,” Spina said.

Sheehan was re-elected as an MP after a close race, with record spending of $ 750 million for that constituency.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won a third consecutive federal election and are now expected to form a second consecutive minority government.

Minority governments traditionally last two to two and a half years.

If this tradition continues, voters in Sault will join voters across Canada in another election in 2023 or 2024.

Would Spina run again?

“It’s hard to say,” he said.

“Running in an election is very difficult for families. It takes a long time away from families. You don’t get that time back. So, this is something that I definitely have to weigh in moving forward.

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