Conservative incumbent John Nater is projected to be re-elected in the riding of Perth–Wellington for a third term.
Preliminary results showed Nader ahead of the Liberal’s Brendan Knight with a solid 23.6 per cent lead.
Nater captured the riding for a second term in the 2019 federal election, garnering over 45 per cent of the vote, and taking a 19.2 per cent lead over Liberal Pirie Mitchell. Geoff Krauter of the NDP finished in third, collecting 14.6 per cent of the vote.
Since its creation for the 2004 federal election, the riding of Perth—Wellington has continuously stayed blue.
Before Nater, Tory Gary Schellenberger won five successive elections for the Tories before retiring in 2014.
Immigrants make up nine per cent of this riding’s population, with common origin countries consisting of the U.K. and Mexico. The riding is home to 107,908 people, including 83,501 voters, according to Elections Canada.
Perth—Wellington encompasses all of Perth County, the Town of Minto, the townships of Mapleton and Wellington North. The largest population centre is Stratford.
Conservative: John Nater (incumbent)
Liberal: Brendan Knight
NDP: Kevin Kruchywich
People’s Party of Canada: Wayne Baker