Laurie Scott re-elected as Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock MPP for sixth term

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Laurie Scott, the longtime Progressive Conservative incumbent MPP representing Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, has been re-elected for a sixth term.

Her political dynasty is getting closer to matching that of her father — Bill Scott was the Progressive Conservative MP for the riding in Ottawa from 1965 to 1993, winning eight elections in a row.

Scott received 25,656 votes — 52.75 per cent of all votes cast.

Scott earned 17,979 more votes than New Democrat Barbara Doyle, who received 7,677 votes or 15.78 per cent of the overall vote.

Liberal hopeful Don McBey collected 6,606 votes (13.58 per cent), while the upstart Ontario Party’s Kerstin Kelly received 3,863 votes (7.94 per cent) — 411 more than Tom Regina of the Green Party.

Rounding out the results were Ben Prentice of the New Blue Party and returning Libertarian candidate Gene Balfour, who received 866 and 516 votes respectively.

“I am humbled and honoured to once again be elected to represent the voices of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock at Queen’s Park as your member of provincial Parliament,” Scott said in a statement Thursday night.

“Over the last four years, we have accomplished many long overdue projects for the riding including bringing five new long-term care homes to our communities, hiring more health care staff to support our seniors, breaking ground on two new community health centres and bringing better cell service and high speed internet across the riding, with more connections underway.”

Scott watched the results roll in at Pie Eyed Monk in Lindsay alongside family and supporters.

Scott was first elected to the riding — which includes Cavan Monaghan Township in Peterborough County — in 2003 and reclaimed the seat four years later in 2007. In 2009, Scott stepped down as MPP to allow then Progressive Conservative leader John Tory — now the mayor of Toronto — to make a bid for a seat in the legislature. Tory was ultimately defeated by Liberal Rick Johnson in a subsequent byelection.

Scott went on to reclaim the seat from Johnson in 2011.

She’s served as MPP for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock since, winning re-election in 2014 and 2018.

After being appointed as labour minister by Premier Doug Ford after the 2018 election, Scott was moved out of the position following a cabinet shuffle in 2020. She picked up a new portfolio as infrastructure minister but later left that role after another cabinet shuffle.

In Scott’s statement released Thursday night, the Kinmount-raised MPP said she will “continue to advocate for important projects for the riding” while acting as a voice for rural communities across the riding.

“I look forward to another term so we can continue to get it done for Ontario. Once again, thank you HKLB,” she added.

Thanking her team and voters, Doyle said she was “thrilled” with the number of people who supported her campaign.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to take the seat, but we’re just going to have to keep working harder and stronger for next time,” she told The Examiner.

As a co-founder of Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition, Doyle said she has deep reservations about the impacts to health care under another four years of a Ford government.

“I have huge concerns about the future of our health care sector under Ford’s government,” Doyle said.

“We’ve seen the cuts over the last few years, we know more are coming in the 2023 budget; so I have major concerns for the entire sector, but our rural riding as well because we don’t really have a lot of choice when it comes to health care.”

McBey said he believes the provincial election results had little to do with policy.

“I think what we’ve seen here is a provincewide phenomenon. We’ve seen things like Conservatives taking seats away from the NDP in the north, and obviously some Liberal seats we were expecting that didn’t go our way,” McBey said.

“I think the whole election has the signs of significant anomaly. We’ve been under COVID shutdown and a lot of stress over two years and people were suddenly relieved when Ford said we’re no longer shut down, so I think it’s a very short-term, non-policy oriented boost for the Tories that’s been reflected in the results here.”

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at bburke@metroland.com.

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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