Barrett wins Leeds-Grenville by-election

In this picture from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer's Twitter account, Scheer congratulates Leeds-Grenville candidate Michael Barrett on his win in the Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 byelection in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. Barrett won with nearly 58 per cent of the popular vote. (@AndrewScheer/Twitter via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – The riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes will be staying blue at least until the next federal election.

Conservative Michael Barrett took a commanding lead right out of the gate as the results rolled in after the polls closed at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Barrett won with 16,865 votes or nearly 58 per cent of the popular vote.

The unofficial results show Liberal Mary Jean McFall was second with 10,443 or nearly 36 per cent of the vote.

After McFall, Green Lorraine Rekmans had 859 votes, NDP Michelle Taylor with 883 and Independent John Turmel with 111.

Voter turnout was 35.9 per cent with 29,161 of the 81,247 registered voters casting ballots.

Barrett will take the seat once held by MP Gord Brown, who died earlier this year, and will be the riding’s Member of Parliament until the federal election on Oct. 21, 2019.

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