Emotions filled the NDP’s room at the Delta as the poll numbers came in during Thursday night’s Provincial Election.
As the final numbers were coming in, showing the PC taking the lead 13,498 to 13,084, a teary-eyed Michele McCleave-Kennedy stood up to address the crowd, thanking everyone for their unwavering support.
“As all the volunteers are aware, it’s been a busy campaign, and I’m very excited that we came as close as we did and I just want to thank everyone in the room for all your work and all you support; it’s been throughout this whole campaign,” she said.
“Thank you to the riding association – and we have some change in here, in Sault Ste. Marie. We have people that have come out and been excited about what we’re talking about, and in four years we’ll be there again and you’ll be there too, to make sure we are. You’ll be there to make sure there is change in Sault Ste. Marie. So, now, as things go on, and I still sit as labour council president, I’ll still sit on the provincial committees I sit for health and safety, I just am so excited to see so many people here, and thank so many people for all the hard work you’ve done and all the support there’s been throughout this whole campaign. I couldn’t have done it without all of you and I’m going to come around and hug everybody.”
“I will be leaving in a little bit – I will go over and talk to Mr. Romano, and congratulate him on a hard-fought campaign, and I’m glad to see that we were as close as we were and this was such a hard fought campaign based on everybody’s efforts. Thank you again so much.”
McCleave-Kennedy spoke with ONNTv after her speech. She said, although she’s disappointed by the results, the fact that the numbers were so close does say something for all of the hard work her and her volunteers did throughout the campaign.
“I would definitely do this again,” she said.