Liberals’ Jeff Leal wins seat in bellwether riding of Peterborough
Incumbent Jeff Leal has kept his seat in Peterborough – a good sign for the Liberal Party, if Peterborough’s history is any indication.
The riding has elected a member from the winning party in every election since 1987, and has continued that trend tonight.
Leal won this election with 45.3 per cent of the vote as of 10:32 PM on Election Night. PC candidate Scott Stewart won 30.5 per cent and NDP candidate Sheila Wood won 18.5 per cent.
Leal was Rural Affairs Minister at the time of dissolution. He was first elected in 2003 and has also been Chief Government Whip and a Parliamentary Assistant to various ministers. Before entering provincial politics he was a Peterborough city councillor.
PC candidate Scott Stewart owns Carlson Wagonlit Travel/Stewart Tours, a tourism company founded by his father. He’s also following his father’s footsteps in politics – Gary Stewart was MPP for Peterborough from 1995 to 2003.