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Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner campaigns in London, Ont., on June 1.Nicole OSBORNE/The Canadian Press

The leader of Ontario’s Greens says his party is “here to stay” despite failing to capture the riding it saw as its best hope for winning a second seat.

Mike Schreiner, who was re-elected in his Guelph riding, says the close race in Parry Sound-Muskoka demonstrated the growing support for the Green party.

“To see a Green candidate so close, so close in a riding that has always gone blue tells you that there is Green momentum, there is a Green wave building across this province,” Schreiner said in his election night speech in Guelph.

“It’s not only in Guelph, it’s in ridings all across Ontario.”

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Polling suggested the Greens and the Progressive Conservatives were in a tight race in Parry Sound-Muskoka but Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith took the riding for the Progressive Conservatives.

Schreiner visited Parry Sound-Muskoka a number of times over the course of the campaign.

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