Mike Morrice wins in Kitchener Centre, some area ridings remain too close to call

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Three of the Waterloo area’s five seats are very close to the call, while the Green Party chose one of the others in the 2021 federal election.

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At the Kitchener Center, Mike Morris is projected to become the first Green Party candidate to win a seat in the region as he faces a strong challenge from Conservative candidate Mary Henin Thorne to become the new MP for the ride.

Maurice will replace Raj Saini, who withdrew days after the nomination was finalized to deal with allegations of irregularities. This left a wide open race as the Liberals were left without a candidate.

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The Green Party candidate, who is the founder of the Sustainable Waterloo Region as well as Green Economy Canada, finished second in previous provincial and federal campaigns.

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At Waterloo, in what was to be called the first field race of the night, Liberal incumbent Bardish Chagar was projected to cruise to an easy victory to run for the third time.

The Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Youth easily shrugged off her opposition, with Meghan Shannon’s closest rival.

For the third time in a row, the Kitchener-Conestoga riding is a toss-up between Liberal and Conservative candidates.

By 7 a.m., incumbent Liberal MP Tim Lewis had a slim lead over Conservative candidate Carlin Hawley.

Lewis defeated Conservative MP Harold Albrecht by a few hundred votes in 2019. The two also faced off in 2015, with Albrecht winning by an equal margin.

Kitchener will have another new face in the South’s riding—Hespeller too, though the result was too close to call by 7 a.m.

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Liberal candidate Valerie Bradford sits opposite her Conservative counterpart Tyler Calver.

The seat was earlier held by Marwan Tabbara, who first assumed office in 2015. He resigned from the caucus last year after it was revealed he had been charged with assault. He had recently confirmed that he would not contest for re-election.

In Cambridge, Liberal incumbent MP Brian May holds a lead over Conservative newcomer Connie Cody on Tuesday morning.

I am seeking a third consecutive term.

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