Bulte reelected to Canadian parliament

Sarmīte “Sam” Bulte, a Latvian-Canadian member of parliament from the Parkdale-High Park riding of Toronto, has been reelected on the Liberal Party ticket. It will be her third term in office.

Canadian federal elections were held June 28. The Liberal Party still has the most seats in Parliament, but now finds itself in charge of a minority government, according to Canadian media reports.

Bulte received 42.1 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Her closest opponent, Peggy Nash of the New Democratic Party, received 34.36 percent, while Jurij Klufas of the Conservative Party got 15.51 percent. Three other candidates shared the remaining votes.

Some observers suggested that Nash might upset Bulte because of the endorsement she recieved from Toronto Mayor David Miller.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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