We’re still waiting for all the votes in the federal election to be counted but Liberal incumbent Anthony Rota is looking forward to getting back to work in Ottawa.
“I’m honoured that the people of Nipissing-Timiskaming have chosen me to represent them in Ottawa again. It’s an honour that is beyond description,” Rota says.
He says there were a couple of issues that stood out for voters locally.
“There’s no question that COVID was something that was on everyone’s mind, but also the economy and making sure it continues to grow and provide work for all Canadians and all residents of Nipissing-Timiskaming so that we can provide for our families,” Rota says.
With another minority government elected, he says the message from voters is clear.
“Elections are strange animals, you never really know what to expect from them. I think the voters have given a very clear mandate. They want the parties to work together and that’s something I hope all parties heard and all members heard,” he says.
Rota also hopes to resume his role as Speaker of the House of Commons.
“I will put my name forward again as Speaker and I hope that the members will elect me to the position. As with any election, you never know how they’re going to turn out, but it looks very favourable at this time,” he says.
With 190 of 191 polls reporting, Rota has just over 37 percent support.
Conservative Steven Trahan is second with just over 32 percent of the vote.
The NDP’s Scott Robertson is third.
He garnered nearly 23 percent support.
Greg Galante with the People’s Party of Canada is fourth with 7.5 percent of the vote.
Results won’t be final until the mail-in ballots are counted.
That process got underway on Tuesday.