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Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes- Brock stays blue

KAWARTHA LAKES-Incumbent Laurie Scott has been elected to a fifth term as MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “I’m very ecstatic, we’ve all worked hard,” Scott told Kawartha 411 News.

Scott cruised to an easy victory against her less experienced opponents, NDP Candidate Zac Miller and Liberal Candidate Brooklynn Cramp-Waldinsperger.

“It wasnt the result we wanted but we ran a good strong campaign, I got to a lot of doors so let’s not stop here, we will try it again.” Zac Miller told Kawartha 411.

Scott thanked her supporters and campaign staff at a victory event held at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club.

This will be the first time Scott has held her position and her party won power in the province after the Conservatives won a majority tonight.  “I cant wait to go in and start fixing Ontario, it’s been delivered to us broken by 15 years of Liberal Government so there’s a lot of work to be done so I am more than happy to be part of that PC government that gets in there and gets to work” Scott Said.

After a night of celebration Scott says she plans to do just that. “First tonight I will celebrate the victory and then let’s get it figured out how we can help people” Scott said.  “People are still struggling paying their bills, hydro is still the number one issue at the door so giving them more relief on hydro, I think decreasing their taxes for people that earn less than $30,000 and people in the middle income tax bracket, small businesses they need relief, they really are struggling, so those types of iniatives we can do as soon as possible.”

Conservative MP Jamie Schmale was on hand for the victory. “It’s a great night, I think people in Ontario sent a message, they were done with the endless scandals, the waste of taxpayer dollars, hallway healthcare, they wanted a change and I think before even going into the campaign the voters made a decision that Wynne wasn’t going to be it” Schmale said. “I think the momentum was already in the PC’s corner, they just had to hold on to it. Their plan forward on lowering taxes, reducing red tape, giving people more of their money and allowing them to choose and make decisons on what’s best for them, I think that was a message that resonated.”

Schmale says he hopes this is a sign of things to come nationally. “I think this sends a message especially for the Prime Minister with his nationally imposed carbon tax, Ontario was one of the players that signed on to that.”

Scott took more than 16,000 votes while Miller took almost 8000. The Liberals ended up in third with approximately 3000 votes.

Scott was first elected in 2003 but resigned in 2009 so that former PC leader John Tory could run after losing Don Valley West in 2007. Tory lost again and two years later Scott was re-elected.


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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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