Jamie Schmale will continue to serve as MP in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
The incumbent Conservative candidate staked out an early lead over Liberal counterpart Judi Forbes on Monday (Oct. 21) night and comfortably cruised to a second term.
With 45 of 275 polls reporting as of 10:30 p.m., Schmale had captured 47.5 percent of the popular vote.
In his acceptance speech, Schmale thanked his campaign volunteers and area voters for their continued support.
“Because of you, we kept this riding Conservative blue,” he said.
Forbes – a Beaverton resident and first-time candidate – finished a distant second.
In a statement prior to the results being announced, she also thanked her campaign team.
“Today is Election Day. My first election running as a candidate for a federal party. It has been an interesting journey, full of hopeful moments, new experiences, and the incredible pleasure of meeting people from across this very large riding,” she said.
“I have been fortunate to have a wonderfully supportive and hard-working team to knock on doors, phone call, manage the process, and walk this journey beside me.”
She was hopeful that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals would be re-elected. As of 10:30 p.m., it appeared likely they would earn a minority government.
“I chose to run for the Liberal party because I could see the progress this party had made in the past four years – helping the middle class by lowering their taxes, lifting over 900,000 people out of poverty including 300,000 children with the Canada Child Benefit and the increase in seniors benefits, taking care of our veterans, creating more than one million new jobs, and perhaps most importantly, developing Canada’s first program to fight climate change,” she said.
“It is my sincere hope today that Canadians can see past the negative messages and false statements directed at the Liberals, and choose to continue the journey forward to keep helping those who need it most while building our economy to be the best in the G7.”
NDP candidate Barbara Doyle finished third.
“This campaign has been an amazing experience. I can’t remember a time when we have had so much to protest – healthcare, education, basic income. Running for election gives me an opportunity to effect real change and help the people who live in our riding,” she said.
“I am so grateful to every supporter, volunteer, family member, and voter for their love and support in helping get out message out. We had tremendously positive response to our no sign campaign and we hope we can continue that positivity with our climate action plan. Win or lose, I will continue fighting and working for the people in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.”