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2014-06-12 at 23:21

Gravelle in landslide

Michael Gravelle celebrates his win in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding Thursday evening at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel.
Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
Michael Gravelle celebrates his win in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding Thursday evening at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel.
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- It's 19 years and counting for Michael Gravelle as he became the north side's MPP for the sixth time Thursday evening.

Gravelle was declared early, about half an hour after the polls closed, in Thunder Bay-Superior North. Gravelle pulled in 15,503 votes with Andrew Foulds of the NDP in second with 8,144.

Progressive Conservative candidate Derek Parks was in a distant third with 1,985 votes.

"I'm very excited and very gratified the constituents of Thunder Bay-Superior North have once again supported me so strongly. I do love this work," said Gravelle at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel where he was watching the results with his supporters.

"I view this position as MPP for this riding more as a mission or a vocation than as a job. It's become very personal. I work very hard at it and I've developed a relationship with my constituents which I feel is very special," he said.

With almost two decades on the job, Gravelle said he feels even more devoted to his work and said this campaign felt more personal, which he believes is due to his cancer diagnosis in 2012.

"I thought maybe (that) was the end of my career and I worked my way through the treatments and kept working and I began to feel much better. It seemed to rejuvenate me in a very direct way in terms of my love for the job, my determination to bring good things to the riding," he said, adding he's looking forward to working with a majority Liberal government under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Gravelle was also congratulated by runner up Foulds before the NDP candidate arrived at the Royal Canadian Legion Port Arthur Branch 5 to give a concession speech to his supporters.

After a standing ovation from the room, Foulds said although he's disappointed with the results, he's proud of the campaign his team ran, noting they talked about the issues that were important to the riding.

"We should be holding our chins up high and we shouldn't hang our head down low. We need to continue to fight for those things we think are important," he said.

Foulds will return to his seat on city council as the Current River ward councillor immediately, but he said he's going to take a few days before thinking about whether or not he'll take another run at council this fall.

"I'm going to catch up on some sleep. I'm going to go fishing with my boys on Father's Day and I'm going to spend some quality time with my wife. Tonight's been a tough night. I'm going to take the weekend to relax and re-evaluate things after that," he said.

Third place finishing Parks was one of the latest additions to the race, taking the party nod after Tamara Johnson was unceremoniously ousted earlier this year.



His background in the mining sector appeared to be a head-on challenge to Gravelle, the former Minister of Northern Development and Mines.

He thinks the new Liberal majority represents bad news for the Ring of Fire.

“I think it’s going to be 10 years before we see the Ring of Fire really start to roll,” Parks said shortly after Gravelle was projected as the winner.

“I predict there will be court battles. Keeping nine First Nations communities on the same page is not going to happen.”

As a rookie to the campaign trail, he had many new experiences along the way. Parks participated in a debate for the first time this campaign and was exposed to many new issues.

Coming in fourth in Thunder Bay-Superior North was Green Party candidate Joseph Leblanc with 993 votes; Libertarian Party candidate Johnson brought in 922 votes to land in fifth and the Northern Ontario Heritage Party's Paul Sloan finished sixth with 136 votes.

-- with files from Matt Vis

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lori says:
why is it that our expert complainers never can answer the one question.
Who has been better than Gravelle and Mauro.
Names and a few supporting examples please. Otherwise. go away for the next 3 years. Us folk that are happy with the result and we are the majority want to relax and enjoy this.
6/16/2014 10:10:27 PM
anvil of crom says:
landslide of gravel...
gravelle get it ?
6/15/2014 6:19:37 PM
Bttnk says:
The voter turnout appears to have been terribly poor once again for Thunder Bay. If anyone has the statistics for this riding and the province, kindly share them.
6/14/2014 7:27:58 AM
lori says:
everyone has an opinion, here is mine. They won not because the other guys lost. They won because they won and because over 15,000 people on each side of the city agreed.

But for our experts, and the Beaver certainly is one of them, along with jonthunder, YQTYQT and of course my dear friend S. Duncan,...

now that your prophecies have not come true, perhaps you will answer this question directly. No side bar. no other inputs no avoidance.

We have had cabinet ministers and members from the gov't side often in this city.

Tell me a time, in the last 50 years when any MP or MPP brought more jobs, funding, infrastructure and support to this city and region.

Give me the names...... please include one or two examples to support your theory.

The people voted and they voted for the two best candidates.

Now go cry in your soup and I will continue to read your diatribes about how the liberals are the devil in disguise. Ontario, does not agree with you by the way.
6/13/2014 7:02:40 PM
maxumpat says:

You forgot the other "experts"... Pie, Arch and Tim H.

6/14/2014 11:27:16 PM
tsb says:
This is the third time in a row now that the PCs have lost an election they should have won. They seriously need to regroup if they want to become relevant again.
6/13/2014 6:52:29 PM
teacher says:
Who campaigns on cutting 100,000 jobs and expects to win? How many people actually read his mandate, I'm guessing not too many. That campaign was horribly run.
6/13/2014 2:47:41 PM
unheard says:
would have been 100,00 public servant jobs and it needs to be done
I voted for it
most of the jobs at 189 red river are useless jobs
service ontario is a joke they do not provide any service
only reason they got the votes is because all those Gov. employees got scared because they have no real skills to contribute to society
6/14/2014 10:03:59 AM
tbay87 says:
Given the Liberals have a majority, it's probably for the best that Thunder Bay didn't swing NDP like I thought they would.

I'm shocked though it wasn't closer given Thunder Bay likes to "punish" the Liberals by voting in the NDP from time-to-time (like they did federally), and the Liberals really did deserve to be punished. Plus, at the local level, Foulds was a strong candidate. But Hudak and Horwath both ran really terrible campaigns, and a lot of NDP supporters were upset with Horwath for voting down a left-wing budget to begin with, so I guess the result kind of makes sense.
6/13/2014 1:42:46 PM
Wolfie says:
"Foulds was a strong candidate"

Maybe strong on paper, but it didn't look like that at the debate... to my eye anyway.
6/13/2014 3:01:15 PM
Tbaylifer 1 says:
I believe this election was more about keeping the conservatives out then putting the liberals in. It is easy to make campaign promises, now we see whether they will live up to them.
6/13/2014 12:00:23 PM
CLETE says:
The problem was Tim Who Dat. The conservatives ran a guy who was out of touch with the people of Ontario. His job claims didn't add up to people who work.
6/13/2014 11:57:05 AM
The Beaver..... says:
This is not great news it merle shows that the Electorate has no principle left period. How in the name of Moses can you reward Incompetence,corruption and dishonesty with a Election victory and call it great news. It has to be a society with a twisted mind
6/13/2014 10:23:09 AM
OdieCleghorn says:
Funny, I recall saying the same thing when Harper became PM.
6/13/2014 1:56:25 PM
eventscentre says:
Well...sounds like you're an NDPer...if you can't see the good that Gravelle and Mauro have done for this region, then you're either very young or new to Northwestern Ontario
6/13/2014 6:10:19 PM
eventscentre says:
That's just amazing that we get yet again two Liberals here in Thunder Bay. I know the negative ninnys that comment in here couldn't see the good they were doing for our region because they can't even help themselves, but this is great news. I wonder how many more multi million dollar projects Michael will win for our region! And we've got a majority now!!!
6/13/2014 7:03:00 AM
gsp says:
Congratulations to Michael Gravelle on his victory. Also, a congratulations to candidate Andrew Foulds for the class he displayed in congratulating the winner in person. That takes character!
6/13/2014 6:33:05 AM
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