Former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt has lost the riding of Milton in Ontario to Liberal candidate and Olympic gold medallist Adam van Koeverden.
Raitt, who had served as the deputy leader of the Conservative party, held the riding of Halton from 2008 until 2015, when she was re-elected to represent the Milton riding, beating the Liberal candidate by nearly 30 per cent of the vote.
The federal riding of Milton was first created in 2012, prior to which it was called Halton. It encompasses the town of Milton and a northern portion of Burlington, and is on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. It serves as a major commuter transportation hub for Go Transit.
Under the previous Conservative government, Raitt held a number of high-profile positions including Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Transportation.
Liberal MP-elect van Koeverden holds four Olympic medals for kayaking. His campaign had focused on health and boosting opportunities for youth, including through sports.
The riding is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, with an average age of 34 among residents. A number of companies have headquarters in the area, including 3M Canada and Whirlpool Canada.
Incumbent: Lisa Raitt
Conservative Party: Lisa Raitt
Liberal Party: Adam van Koeverden
Green Party: Eleanor Hayward
People’s Party of Canada: Percy Dastur
NDP: Farina Hassan
The Rhinoceros Party: Charlie Currie
Population (2016 census data): 101,715