Oakville was on the edge of its seat last night following the tight race between Conservative incumbent Terence Young and Liberal candidate John Oliver for the federal election. The race was too close to call until 11:30 when 230 out of 252 polls had reported results.
Oliver won with 49.8% of the vote followed by Conservative Terrence Young with 42.1%, NDP Che Marville with 5.9%, and Green Party David Doel with 2.2%. Oliver will be part of a new Liberal majority government in Ottawa.
“Our team worked incredibly hard,” said Oliver. “We’ve been at it since January. We’ve been meeting with people in Oakville, talking about the need for change and there has clearly been a response to that. The people of Oakville voted for real change tonight.”
As former CEO of Halton Healthcare Services, Oliver’s campaign was focused on more federal leadership in healthcare. He also focused on the economy and is concerned for young people who are finishing university with big debts who are unable to find work. Oliver is also in favour of evidence based decision making in the government.
Oliver currently sits as chair of the Partnerships for Health System Improvement Review Panel of the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and has served as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as well as Pension Observer of the Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Board. In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada.
For more information about John Oliver, visit his website.