Huron-Bruce re-elects Lisa Thompson amid Liberal majority


By Barb McKay


Huron-Bruce voters have remained true blue by re-electing PC candidate Lisa Thompson to Provincial Parliament, while the balance shifted overall to give the Liberals a majority government.



Lisa Thompson



Liberal Kathleen Wynne was elected Thursday night as the first female premier of Ontario, with the Liberals earning 59 seats. The Tories dropped their representation to 27 seats, while the NDP gained a few votes from the 2011 election and will have 21 seats in the Legislature; four more than in 2011. A total of 54 seats are required to form a majority government.


In Huron-Bruce, Thompson earned the most votes – 18,492 at 229 polls, making up 39 per cent of the total vote. Liberal candidate Colleen Schenk came in second with 14,610 votes (30.8 per cent), NDP candidate Jan Johnstone followed with 10,824 votes (22.9 per cent). Green Party candidate Adam Werstine earned 1,642 votes, Family Coalition Party candidate Andrew Zettel had 1,328, Libertarian candidate Max Maister earned 323 and Equal Parenting Party candidate Dennis Valenta had 127 votes.


Thompson had a slightly stronger lead in the 2011 election when she collected 19,126 votes compared to then Liberal incumbent Carol Mitchell’s 14,622 votes.


Speaking from her campaign headquarters in Wingham, Thompson was elated by the victory.


“It’s an honour,” she said of being re-elected in the riding.


Thompson said she felt good going into Election Day.


“When I was going door to door the warm feeling I got from people was incredible,” she said. “When I showed up at the doors, by the time they reached the door and saw I was there, the warmth that exuded is indescribable. It shows that I’ve connected with the riding.”


Thompson, who previously served as PC deputy energy critic, said she won’t let a Liberal majority stop her from bringing rural issues to the Legislature, including high energy prices.


“I will stay the course,” she said. “I will be a tireless advocate for everything to do with this riding.”

Thompson said she will continue to press the government to address high energy costs and provide full disclosure about the natural gas plant cancellations.


She said she is very thankful for the support she received throughout the campaign.


“I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to all the volunteers. The energy they projected throughout this campaign just buoyed me from one end of the campaign to the other.”


From her campaign headquarters in Blyth, Schenk found the results of the election to be bittersweet. She said she is absolutely thrilled that Kathleen Wynne came out with a majority government and said that speaks to the confidence voters have in the current Liberal government.


“I’m a little disappointed that most of the rural areas locally are still blue,” Schenk said.


Schenk said that she can’t thank her campaign team enough for the hard work they put in. She said she will continue to sit on the Avon Maitland District School Board, but has not yet decided if she will run again for a role as trustee in the upcoming municipal election.


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