BROCKVILLE – Progressive Conservative Steve Clark is back for another four years, soundly defeating his competitors in the Ontario election in Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
Clark garnered 61.3 per cent of the popular vote – a shade under 30,000 ballots cast. His next competitor, NDP Michelle Taylor, had nearly 20 per cent of the vote (9,669 votes).
Liberal candidate and Brockville Mayor David Henderson was a distant third with 6,543 votes (13.4 per cent). Green Derek Morley had 2,347 votes while Libertarian Bill Buckley had 389 votes.
Clark celebrated with supporters at Boston Pizza on Parkedale Avenue in Brockville, calling it an end to 15 years of Liberal scandal, waste and mismanagement.
The returning MPP also dedicated the win to his political colleague and close friend, MP Gord Brown. Brown died May 2 from a heart attack.
Voter turnout in Leeds-Grenville was 61.86 per cent – up from 52.9 per cent in 2014. There were roughly the same of registered electors on the voter’s list.