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Wilson, Reinio proud of their campaigns

Liberal Lisa-Marie Wilson finished in second place, followed by NDP's Pekka Reinio in third

The second- and third-place finishers in Barrie-Innisfil say they're happy with the campaigns they ran this federal election. 

Although she fell locally to Conservative winner John Brassard on Monday night, Liberal candidate Lisa-Marie Wilson said she was pleased to see what her party achieved.

"Obviously, I'd love to win personally, however this is way bigger than me," she said at her election night party at Barnstormers. "For me, I'm happy that the Liberals are in again."

Early Tuesday morning, a Liberal minority was being projected. 

Shortly after midnight, with 157 of 181 polls reporting, Brassard was leading 19,103 votes, followed in second place by Liberal Lisa-Marie Wilson with 12,1624, with the NDP's Pekka Reinio in third with 7,136 and the Greens' Bonnie North with 3,936 in fourth place. People's Party candidate Stephanie Robinson was in fifth with 842 votes.

Wilson said she went into the campaign with a positive attitude and carried that through. 

At Wickes Pub on Burton Avenue, the NDP's Pekka Reinio said he was happy his party could win as many as 25 seats and also helped avoid a Liberal majority. 

"We were pleased with our national campaign," Reinio said, adding he wants to continue advocating for work on climate change. "People are eager to see a real movement on climate and inequality in our country."

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Kevin Lamb picked up a camera in 2000 and by 2005 was freelancing for the Barrie Examiner newspaper until its closure in 2017. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with his work having been seen in many news outlets across Canada and internationally
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