Darren Fisher said his campaign didn't let up when the finish line was in sight.
“No, we went pretty hard,” Fisher said Monday night shortly after arriving at his victory party at the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club in Dartmouth.
“We did that four years ago, too. I mean, I think the community deserves that. They deserve someone who wants to work hard for the job.
“So, yeah, we didn't take our foot off the gas, and we wouldn't in any future elections.”
Fisher was returned as the MP for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, a riding he took for the Liberals in 2015. That election turned into something of Trudeau-mania 2.0, resulting in a Liberal majority. This campaign seemed different, with an ornery national tone not registering locally, said Fisher.
“I don't get into mudslinging; I don’t participate in that, nor will I ever,” he said.
“I think most of the people I talked to were talking about local stuff. They were talking about pride in their community, they were talking about what they see happening in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.
“We see a community that is thriving and growing, and a community that is willing to help those that need help, but also proud, proud of the successes in this community.
“They're seeing stores open, they're seeing businesses come in, they're seeing clean tech, green energy. There's a real vibe.”
Late Monday night, it wasn't clear what type of government Canadians might be waking up to Tuesday. Fisher said his main goal was clear, regardless.
“Push national pharmacare, get this across the finish line,” he said.
“I'm the kind of person that works with everybody. I work with municipal governments, I work with provincial governments. I have great relationships locally with MLAs from all parties, and I don't expect that to change.”
Fisher, a business owner and councillor before becoming an MP, ended up winning the riding this time with a comfortable margin of victory.
Emma Norton, the New Democratic Party candidate, finished second.
Jason Cole, a pastor and repeat contender for the Conservative Party, was third.
Lil MacPherson of the Green Party of Canada was fourth, well ahead of Michelle Lindsay, the candidate for the People's Party of Canada.
Current Halifax Mayor Mike Savage held the riding for the Liberals from 2004-11, while Robert Chisholm of the NDP won it before Fisher, defeating Savage by a few hundred votes.
In 2015, Atlantic Canada was covered in Liberal red, and Dartmouth-Cole Harbour didn’t buck the trend. Fisher defeated Chisholm by a margin of about 18,000, capturing 58 per cent of the riding’s popular vote (30,407 ballots) to Chisholm’s 24 (12,757). Conservative Cole garnered 14 per cent (7,331).
With 198 of 198 polls reporting:
Darren Fisher, Liberal Party of Canada: 23,751
Emma Norton, New Democratic Party of Canada: 14,220
Jason Cole, Conservative Party of Canada: 8,480
Lil MacPherson, Green Party of Canada: 5,197
Michelle Lindsay, People's Party of Canada: 937