Gudie Hutchings is headed back to Ottawa as the Liberal MP for the Long Range Mountains and she’s hopeful that the people of the country will recognize the work her party has done over the last four years and give them the opportunity to continue it.
Hutchings made the comments just after being declared the winner in the riding.
The declaration came just over 30 minutes after the close of the polls in the province.
“Well, you never know,” she said after addressing her supporters at the Glynmill Inn.
“We worked hard. I know how hard we worked. But you never know until the people go in that room and mark their ballot and put it in the box. There’s always a bit of apprehension.”
She said hearing that she had been declared the winner over her four competitors — Conservative Josh Eisses, NDP Holly Pike, Green Party Lucas Knill and Veterans Coalition Party of Canada Robert Miles — made her feel good and showed the work she and her team have done over the last four years and the last 40 days has paid off.
The campaign this time around was different than in 2015.
“This year we were better organized in the outlying areas,” she said.
Hutchings travelled to most of the communities in the riding, which spreads over the entire west coast of the province, from St. Anthony in the north to Ramea on the south west coast and out to White Bay, and there were satellite teams all throughout the riding.
Joining Hutchings back in Ottawa will be Kenneth McDonald, Avalon; Churence Rogers, Bonavista-Burin-Trinity; Scott Simms, Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame; Yvonne Jones, Labrador; and Seamus O’Regan, St. John’s South-Mount Pearl
Nick Whalen the incumbent in St. John’s East lost out to Jack Harris of the NDP.
With six out of seven Liberals successful in Newfoundland and Labrador it was still too early even at 11 p.m. to tell how the party would fare nationally.
“I’m going to represent the people of the Long Range Mountains no matter where I sit in the House. That’s what I was elected to do and that’s what I’ll always do,” said Hutchings.
She spoke of the work the Liberals have done over the last four years, from the child care benefit nationally to investments in this province in infrastructure projects, in Parks Canada and in small craft harbours.
“We have never seen that investment in the past 10 years.”
She said it was up to the people to decide which party would form the government and she hoped they would realize the great work that’s been done. “And give us a chance to continue it again.”