Gracious in defeat
by Sandy Lindsay

October 20, 2015


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The Thompson Family
Son Laith, Allan Thompson and wife, Roula

Federal Liberal candidate Allan Thompson for Huron Bruce lost in his bid to represent the riding of Huron Bruce in the October 19th election but was gracious in defeat as he met with his many supporters and volunteers from across the riding at Ainsdale Golf Club in Kincardine.

Campaign Co-Chair Murray Elston and Allan Thompson (R)

Thompson, a Professor of Journalism at Carleton University who is on extended leave, and who was born and raised in Bruce County in the village of Glammis, ran an intensive race in the riding and one that included his entire family.

With wife Roula, son Laith, mother Eleanor, his two brothers and sister, Thompson appeared to be everywhere over the 18 months leading up to election day.   "Even though this the outcome was not what we wanted, it was a close race and I don't think people expected it to be that close," said Thomson. "This was a very significant change in the political dynamic of Huron Bruce and I think it will play itself out four years from now.

Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie dropped by Thompson's end-of-campaign

Thompson had the support of many well-known Canadians, including General Romeo Dallaire and former Minister of Finance, Paul Martin, among others.  Unfortunately, it did not bring the anticipated outcome.  "I always did think however, that it would be a majority Liberal government," Thompson added.  "I knew that people would realize the caliber of Justin Trudeau's leadership and the vision that he has for Canada."

Allan Thompson (L) congratulates MP Ben Lobb

While Prime Minister designate, Justin Trudeau, swept the country-wide electorate based on "Change'', it did not extend to Bruce Grey Owen-Sound or Huron Bruce ridings where Conservative incumbents were returned to both.

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The newcomer candidate, Thompson was up against long-time popular incumbent Conservative Ben Lobb, who was returned as MP, and in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound riding, incumbent MP Larry Miller who was returned by voters over Liberal Kimberley Love in a close race.

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