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Michael Barrett holds LGTIRL for Conservatives with convincing win

by | Dec 4, 2018 | Local News | 0 comments

The Federal riding of Leeds-Grenville Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes is staying Tory Blue.

Michale Barrett took the by-election last night that was held to fill the seat left vacant after the untimely passing of Gord Brown back in the spring. Brown died of a heart attack in his office after playing a game of pick-up hockey.

Barrett is a former town Councillor in Edwardsburgh Cardinal, and has served as president of the federal Conservative Party riding association. He is also a Canadian Forces veteran, and he and his wife have four children.

His closest rival, Mary Jean McFall called him just after ten last night to concede the election.

In the end Barrett took 57.8% of the vote, while McFall finished with 35.8%. The NDP’s Michelle Taylor took 3% of the vote while the Green’s Lorraine Rekmans finished with 2.9%. Independent John Turmel received 0.4% of the vote.

The loss is a step back for the Liberals who in 2015 earned just over 40% of the vote, while Brown received a little over 47%.

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer called Barrett soon after it became official to congratulate him.

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