Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal has been re-elected in the riding of Surrey-Newton.
“The feeling is great,” Dhaliwal told the Now-Leader from Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Newton, where he gathered with supporters as election results trickled in Monday (Oct. 21).
“I started this campaign 10 months ago with one slogan, that Family is Your First Team.
“From Day One, we knew it would be a hard-fought campaign,” he added.
“Surrey-Newton will be Liberal once again.”
By around 9:30 p.m., Dhaliwal had spoken to his supporters at the packed banquet hall on 128th Street, and also posted his thoughts to social media.
“Words can’t describe my appreciation to my community in Surrey-Newton,” he tweeted. “I look forward to representing you for the next four years as your Member of Parliament.”
Words can’t describe my appreciation to my community in Surrey-Newton. I look forward to representing you for the next four years as your Member of Parliament. #ourcommunity #yourvoice #elxn2019 @liberal_party @JustinTrudeau pic.twitter.com/EWjsHZjeYD
— Sukh Dhaliwal (@sukhdhaliwal) October 22, 2019
Dhaliwal ran against Harpreet Singh (Conservative), Harjit Singh Gill (NDP), Rabaab Khera (Green) and Holly Verchére (People’s Party of Canada).
With all 165 polls now accounted for, Dhaliwal won with 18,328 votes.
The NDP’s Gill placed second with 11,854 votes, followed by Conservative hopeful Singh in third with 8,511 votes, Green candidate Khera with 1,296 and the PPC’s Verchére with 669.
Voter turnout in Surrey-Newton was 60.46 per cent of the riding’s 67,247 registered electors.
Dhaliwal will serve a second consecutive term in Surrey-Newton. He served as Liberal MP of its predecessor, the riding of Newton-North Delta, from 2006 to 2011.
“In 2015, people were frustrated by the cuts of the Conservative government that put families behind and the NDP who failed to represent the view of Surrey residents. I ran to change that – to be accessible to constituents, so I could hear their needs, and deliver for them,” Dhaliwal told the Now-Leader during the election campaign.
“That is exactly what I have worked to do in the past four years. Today, families are better off because of the investments our government has made to make sure their needs are looked after.”
Congratulations to Sukh Dhaliwal for a hard-fought campaign in this riding! From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of you who voted, volunteered and donated to our incredible campaign run! It has been an honour 🙏#elxn43 pic.twitter.com/w6pgRClsE7
— Harpreet SINGH (@harpreetcpc) October 22, 2019
During the campaign, Dhaliwal pointed to the government’s investments of “$8 million a month, tax free to families in Surrey-Newton that need it the most, investments of over $1 billion to build more classroom space at Kwantlen and SFU, renew our fleet of buses and improve community centres, as well as millions to tackle guns and gangs specifically in Surrey.
“Going forward, we will build on these achievements, with new investments that will make life even better for families.”
In the 2015 election, Dhaliwal won with 24,868 votes, defeating the NDP’s Jinny Sims who received 11,604 votes, followed by Conservative Harpreet Singh (6,976 votes), and Green Party candidate Pamela Sangha (975).
The riding of Surrey-Newton was created in 2012 out of parts of the Newton-North Delta and Surrey North ridings. The riding has simply defined boundaries, from 88th Avenue in the north to Highway 10 in the south, and 120th Street is its western boundary and 144th Street its east.
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