Yakabuski rolls to huge win

by Vance Gutzman

Despite being re-elected to a fourth consecutive term in office, John Yakabuski was grim-faced as he watched the Ontario election results roll in, showing Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals had just won a majority government.

That was in June 2014, and what a difference four years can make.

Yakabuski was downright jubilant in Pembroke last Thursday night, as the 2018 election results reflected not only his return for a fifth consecutive term in office as MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, but a majority government for his party as well.

Under Doug Ford’s relatively short term at the helm, the Progressive Conservatives cruised to a majority, with 76 seats in the provincial legislature.

Wynne’s Liberals, on the other hand, were decimated at the polls, dropping to just seven seats at Queen’s Park – not enough for official party status.

Yakabuski, meanwhile, not only won re-election handily, but by an even bigger margin than on that night four years in the past.

Unofficial results showed Yakabuski securing 69.19 per cent of the total vote, good for 33,350 votes cast his way.

Yakabuski, in speaking to supporters at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Centre, said it has been his goal and dream since first being elected as this riding’s MPP back in 2003 to serve on the government benches.

“I’ve been waiting 15 years,” he said of the time he’s spent in opposition.

“I fervently believed that one day I would be elected as a member of the Progressive Conservative government in Ontario.

“Folks, I didn’t know it would take this damn long!”

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