Though things largely look the same on a national scale in the aftermath of the 2021 federal election, the Peterborough-Kawartha riding got a serious shake up.
For Canada as a whole, the Liberals once again are in power with a minority government. As of Tuesday morning, the unofficial count nation-wide was 158 seats for the Liberals, 119 seats for the Conservatives, Bloc Quebecois had 32 seats, NDP secured 24 seats, and the Green party came out with two seats.
Locally, Michelle Ferreri, Conservative candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha beat out Maryam Monsef, Liberal candidate who held the position as MP previously for nearly six years.
Ferrier told the Herald that securing the position means working for the people.
“I take this responsibility incredibly seriously and I couldn’t have got here without all of the support from volunteers, friends, family and strangers!”
She also said that specifically for rural residents of the Peterborough-Kawartha riding, “It means you have a representative who will actively listen to you and take your voice to Ottawa.”
Though she will actively be listening to her rural constituents, her first goal as MP for the area will be focused on downtown Peterborough city.
“The first immediate focus is downtown Peterborough, we need to help get people off the street and we need to manage this opioid crisis.”
Monsef did not respond to the Herald’s request for comment by deadline.rations.