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Laurie Scott retains seat as Progressive Conservatives win majority

From red to blue, Ontario is believed to have elected a Progressive Conservative majority government.

Laurie Scott, long-time Member of Provincial Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, has been declared the winner of the riding, easily retaining her seat following Thursday’s (June 7) provincial election. This marks the fifth time Scott has been elected since 2003. The difference this term, however, is the local candidate will be a member of the governing party. Through her previous terms at Queen’s Park, Scott has served as a member of the official opposition.

Laurie Scott celebrates victory
Via @LaurieScottPC / Twitter

“Extremely humbled to serve this amazing riding of (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) as your MPP in a PC Majority Government!” Scott tweeted shortly after 11 p.m. election night.

“Thank you to all of my supporters, volunteers and my campaign team for an amazing campaign!”

At the provincial election debate in Sunderland last month, Scott urged the voters to send the Liberal government packing.

“This is a very important election,” Scott said at the time.

“We find ourselves being led by Kathleen Wynne’s tired Liberal government…I have lived each day to fight against Kathleen Wynne and bring change to this province. A Tory government would bring that change.”

Scott noted that a Conservative government would cut taxes, as well as lower hydro and gas costs.

“People are working harder, they just aren’t getting ahead. We need to make life in Ontario more affordable,” Scott said.

“Our goal is to get more money back where it belongs — back into peoples’ pockets.”

Read more: Provincial election candidates square off in Sunderland

According to unofficial results from Elections Ontario, Scott earned the victory with 32,605 ballots cast in her name, representing 56.73 per cent of the vote. Zac Miller, first-time NDP candidate, was in second among Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock voters with 26.46 per cent while Brooklynne Cramp-Waldinsperger of the Liberal Party followed in third place with 9.9 per cent. Green Party candidate Lynn Therien was in fourth (4.5 per cent) with Thomas Rhyno receiving more than 600 votes, or a little more than 1 per cent of those cast. Libertarian Gene Balfour and Consensus Party candidate Chuck MacMillan received .79 per cent and .56 per cent, respectively.

Of the 92,454 voters in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, approximately 62 per cent cast ballots for this election. Provincially, voter turnout was 58 per cent.

Across the province, the PC Party received 76 seats with 40.49 per cent of the vote. The NDP will be the official opposition, receiving 33.57 per cent of the votes, earning 40 seats, while the Liberal Party won only seven seats,  one short of the required number to keep their official party status. Although she won her riding, Kathleen Wynne stepped down as leader of the Liberal Party.

For the first time ever, the Green Party will be represented in the legislature, as leader Mike Schreiner reigned victorious in his riding of Guelph.

Watch for more election coverage and reaction.

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