Essex PC candidate Ray Cecile optimistic after loss to Natyshak

 

Ray Cecile speaks with supporters during his campaign wrap-up party June 12 at the Fox Glen Golf Course and Country Club. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

Ray Cecile speaks with supporters during his campaign wrap-up party June 12 at the Fox Glen Golf Course and Country Club. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

By Adam D’Andrea

 

Despite an NDP victory in the Essex riding, Progressive Conservative candidate Ray Cecile is staying upbeat following last week’s provincial election.

Cecile remained in high spirits at his campaign wrap-up party at Fox Glen Golf Course and Country Club last Thursday, regardless of the re-election of NDP candidate Taras Natyshak. Cecile congratulated Natyshak and all other local candidates on what he called a “great campaign.”

“It was a clean campaign around here, especially,” said Cecile. “Everyone was very gracious to each other.”

Cecile, who received 21.9 per cent of the vote, came in second to Natyshak who won with 60.3 per cent of the vote. Although he lauded the local candidates for running positive campaigns, he couldn’t say the same about the provincial party leaders.

“I think we were the only party that ran a positive campaign,” said Cecile. “We had special interest groups out of Toronto running off of negative ads against us and we just kept it positive the whole time. We think Ontario has a future, a positive future, and that was our plan.”

Prior to hearing the results, Cecile said he believed it would be a close election due to Ontario’s current economic climate.

“I think mainly just because of the way Ontario is right now with our unemployment rates,” he said. “I think people are a little bit fed up. They want to work again, and they don’t want to go to Alberta for it. They want to stay here.”

As a first-time candidate he said his experiences on the campaign trail taught him a considerable amount about dealing with people, as well as the unpredictable nature of politics.

“I’m an electrician by trade and standing in front of you guys today, it’s a different world,” said Cecile. “Electricians write tests with open books, and we write our C of Q’s with open books. This isn’t an open-book profession.”

While his future in politics is currently undecided on, Cecile said if he’s nominated by the party in the next election he would certainly consider running again.

 

 

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