It was a natural hat trick for Jamie Schmale as the federal Conservative was re-elected for a third straight term in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock on Monday night.
Schmale, who was first elected to represent the rural riding in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019, claimed an early victory in Monday’s election, garnering 52.3 per cent of the vote in 262 polls reported.
In 2015 Schmale received 44.8 per cent of the vote followed by nearly 50 per cent in 2019.
Liberal candidate Judi Forbes for the second-straight election was runner-up to Schmale, earning 23.1 per cent of the vote.
NDP candidate Zac Miller finished third with 14.4 per cent of the vote, followed by Alison Davidson of the People’s Party of Canada (7.0 per cent), Angel Godsoe of the Green Party (2.5 per cent) and independent Gene Balfour (0.68 per cent.)
Unofficial vote count of 262 of 262 polls reporting (67,724 votes – 3,957 were mail-in ballots):
- Conservative: Jamie Schmale, 35,418 (52.3 per cent)
- Liberal: Judi Forbes, 15,645 (23.1 per cent)
- NDP: Zac Miller, 9,730 (14.4 per cent)
- People’s Party of Canada: Alison Davidson, 4,769 (7.0 per cent)
- Green Party: Angel Godsoe, 1,699 (2.5 per cent)
- Gene Balfour: 463 (0.68 per cent)
The riding has been a Conservative stronghold since 2004 when Barry Devolin held the seat until 2015 until he decided to retire. Schmale was formerly Devolin’s executive assistant.
Prior to Devolin, the Liberals represented the riding from 1993-2004 under John O’Reilly. But Conservative William C. Scott held the riding from 1965 to 1993.
The riding includes the City of Kawartha Lakes, Cavan-Monaghan Township, Haliburton County and the Township of Brock.
With a population of 113,956, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock has a prominent number of seniors who make up nearly 26 per cent of the population, according to the latest census. The average age in this riding is close to 47.
First appearing in 1968 as Victoria-Haliburton, the riding initially consisted of parts of Victoria, Peterborough and Hastings-Frontenac. The riding has since gone through several boundary and name changes.
In 2013, the federal riding’s boundaries were changed to remove the Municipality of Trent Lakes and North Kawartha Township.