November 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A 19-year-old homeschool graduate and pro-life advocate won a provincial by-election by a landslide Thursday night, becoming the youngest Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario history.
Sam Oosterhoff, who suspended his first year of political science studies at Brock University to run, sailed to victory in the Niagara West-Glanbrook riding, winning 54 percent of the vote in the constituency previously held by former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak.
Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) pointed out that the young politician earned the overwhelming victory despite a “relentless smear campaign” by the ruling Liberal party and the mainstream media.
The homeschooled teen ran as a “pro-life and pro-family politician, and the result was the highest vote percentage since at least the past five elections,” Fonseca told LifeSiteNews. He noted that Oosterhoff’s 54 percent of the popular vote was a 28 percent increase over Hudak’s 41.8 percent in 2014.
Oosterhoff had already stunned the PC Party establishment and political pundits when he beat long-time political veteran and PC Party president Rick Dykstra, Brown’s friend and chosen candidate, in the PC nomination race last month.
A member of the Christian Reformed Church, and former political staffer, Oosterhoff promised during his campaign that he would “be a voice for common-sense, pro-family policies and concerns.” He also said he would “never waver in my support of parents as primary educators,” and would “strive to ensure that parental rights are respected in education.”
‘Socially conservative politicians can win elections by being unapologetic’
A runaway victory for a pro-life Progressive Conservative teen and a clear defeat for a socially liberal Tory in Thursday’s provincial byelections is a lesson for PC leader Patrick Brown, says Fonseca.
“What this teaches us is that socially conservative politicians can win elections by being unapologetic about their pro-life and pro-family beliefs,” he told LifeSiteNews.
The “dramatic spike in PC fortunes achieved by Sam suggests that being a social conservative who can tap into ‘values voters’ might actually offer a significant political advantage,” Fonseca added.
“It also shows that opposing Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex curriculum was a winning strategy for Niagara West-Glanbrook,” he noted. “And believe me, the people of Niagara West-Glanbrook cast their ballots for the socially-conservative Sam, not for the liberal Patrick Brown.”