Rathika Sitsabaiesan (NDP) is elected at Scarborough-Rouge River, in the 41st Canadian Federal Elections held today, CBC news reported.
Rathika Sitsabaiesan has made history, as the first Canadian of Tamil heritage elected to Parliament in Ottawa.
Scarborough-Rouge River riding was created in 1988 and it was continually held by Liberal Party until today’s victory by Rathika Sitsabaiesan representing the New Democratic Party.
Canvassing the Malvern neighbourhood–just met Elijah ~ via RathikaS on twitter
Results as of 11:38 PM EDT, May 2 as follows, 180 of 211 polls reporting:
~ NDP – Rathika Sitsabaiesan – 15,482 – 41.19
~ CON – Marlene Gallyot 11,243 – 29.91
~ LIB – Rana Sarkar – 10,021 – 26.66
~ GRN – George B. Singh – 540 – 1.44
~ IND – Mark Balack – 298 – 0.79
Rathika Sitsabaiesan on her twitter feed said, “thank you to all Scarborough Rouge river and ALL the volunteers for the historical victory!!”
Reporting on Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s victory, The Toronto Star wrote:
With Liberal incumbent Derek Lee stepping down after 23 years, voters chose change, said Sitsabaiesan, the first Tamil to be elected to Parliament.
Sitsabaiesan, 29, a Tamil immigrant who works for U of T’s Students’ Union, championed her strong ties to youth and the riding’s large Tamil community.
“I am the strong voice for change that this community has hoped for,” she said.
Related: Canada’s first Tamil MP looks forward to challenge [CBC]