Rookie PC candidate Peter Shurman benefited from the fickle nature of the riding’s electorate, beating Liberal incumbent Mario Racco by 1,700 votes in Wednesday’s election — a landslide by Thornhill standards.
Four years ago, the voters of Thornhill ousted their incumbent MPP in a close race.
In 1999, four years before that, the voters of Thornhill dumped their incumbent MPP in another airtight race.
Hoping to make political hay out of a stage trick, challenger Peter Shurman conjured up images of a “magic subway” and a “magic hospital” and then tried to convince 100 students at St. Elizabeth Catholic High School that it was all a figment of Mario Racco’s imagination.
Having received the endorsement of the Vaughan Professional Firefighters Association on Sept. 10, incumbent Liberal and Thornhill candidate Mario Racco knocked on some local doors with the help of a few firefighters.
He and his yellow-clad firefighting friends were in the Bathurst St. and Clark Ave. neighbourhood Tuesday trying to win over undecided voters like Sarah and Doris. From left to right, Jerry Nicosia, Sarah, Doris, Racco and Rick Greenfield.
No candidate is likely to have it easy in one of province’s tightest races, pundits say The crystal balls of political soothsayers are cloudy on the question of who will carry the crucial riding of Thornhill in the Oct. 10 provincial election. With a recent