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Thompson will represent Huron-Bruce at Queen’s Park for a fourth straight term

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Lisa Thompson returns to Queen’s Park where she will represent the riding of Huron-Bruce for a fourth consecutive term.

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Thompson’s victory in the constituency was never in doubt. Most outlets officially called Huron-Bruce for the Progressive Conservatives just minutes after polls closed in the province at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Moments later, it became clear that the PCs led by Doug Ford had won another majority government.

Thompson has held several cabinet positions in the Ford government, most recently as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

She was first elected to represent the constituency in 2011, then re-elected in 2014 and 2018, winning the election in 2018 with over 52% of the vote.

As of 10 p.m. on election night, with 62 of 87 polls reported in the riding, Thompson had nearly 52 percent of the vote.

“I treated this campaign exactly like the very first campaign in 2011 because I care about the people of Huron-Bruce and what matters to them,” Thompson said. “I am very humbled and honored to have this opportunity to carry on and contribute as much as I have done in the first four years of government in the next term as well.”

Thompson said affordability and the future of the next generation came to the fore when she met with people in her riding during the campaign trail.

“We need to put the right conditions in place so that we can trust that our children and grandchildren can be proud of the jobs they have here at home and the quality of life that goes with that,” said she declared.

Thompson previously worked as General Manager of the Ontario Dairy Goat Cooperative and was born and raised near Wingham in Huron County. She now resides in Bruce County where she lives on a farm near Teeswater.

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She watched the election results arrive at Wingham Golf Club with around 100 supporters.

Thompson has served as Minister of Agriculture since June 2021, previously serving as Minister of Education and Minister of Government and Consumer Services in the Ford government.

She is now in her second decade as an MPP for the region and said stepping down – as her northern neighbor, former MPP Bill Walker, did before the 2022 election – will not hurt her. never crossed my mind.

“I am known in Toronto as a constituency and Huron-Bruce priorities will always be number 1 for me,” she said. “I know there is an opportunity to do more.”

To that end, Thompson said she was returning to work on Wednesday.

“I will always be present in the constituency. Tomorrow, for example, I will be at the Clinton Spring Fair to open it and I can’t wait to be there,” she said.

Liberal candidate Shelley Blackmore was in second place at 10 p.m., with just under 19% of the vote. Blackmore worked for 38 years as an educator and principal with the Avon Maitland District School Board before retiring. She ran in the 2022 election to give Huron-Bruce a “stronger voice” at Queen’s Park.

The Ontario Liberal platform she campaigned on included access to a family doctor or nurse practitioner in underserved rural areas, affordable high-speed internet for all by 2025, and tuition support for medical and nursing students working in rural communities.

Blackmore voted in an advance poll in Wingham and spent Thursday campaigning and securing the vote. She said her experience running for political office was one of the most incredible learning and personal growth opportunities of her life, although she did not anticipate the workload.

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Blackmore said housing and health care were the issues that kept coming up during door-to-door calls in the constituency.

“Housing is an issue that affects everyone, from young people trying to enter the housing market to older people trying to age in place,” she said.

It was Blackmore’s first time campaigning in an election. She said she felt the people of the Huron-Bruce riding were ready for a change. When asked if she might run again in the future, she replied “never say never”.

New Democrat Laurie Hazard had 16.7% of the vote as of 10 p.m.

His campaign promised to build more affordable housing and restore “real” rent control for all apartments, as well as to hire 10,000 personal support workers (PSWs) and 30,000 nurses in Ontario and to protect farmland through agricultural impact assessments in partnership with local farmers as part of the planning of potential development projects.

Eight candidates ran for election in the riding of Huron-Bruce.

Some thought that the new right-wing political parties New Blue and the Ontario Party could help the Conservative vote in Huron-Bruce.

Matt Kennedy ran for the New Blue Party of Ontario and was in fourth place at 10 p.m. with just under 7% of the vote, followed by Matthew Van Ankum of the Greens who garnered 4.1% with 22 polls to report .

Others in the race who appeared to finish far behind in the bottom three were Bruce Eisen for the Ontario Alliance, Gerrie Huenemoeder with the Ontario Party and Ronald Stephens who ran as an independent.

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The Huron-Bruce constituency spans over 6,000 square kilometers of land along the shores of Lake Huron from Port Elgin north to Grand Bend. It stretches far enough east to encompass Walkerton, Seaforth and Exeter. In 2021, the largely rural constituency had a population of over 112,000. Its largest center is Goderich, the county seat of Huron.

The candidates running in the riding campaigned on vital issues in rural Ontario. Issues such as health care, cost of living, fuel prices, agriculture and post-pandemic recovery as well as review of public health measures taken during the pandemic.

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