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Thompson Captures Huron-Bruce

Huron-Bruce | by Bayshore News Staff  

Third term for Tory MPP

The provincial riding of Huron-Bruce will continue to be Tory blue.

Incumbent MPP Lisa Thompson captured the riding for the Progressive Conservatives, with 27,646 votes or 52% support in Thursday's election.

Behind Thompson was New Democrat Jan Johnstone, followed by Don Matheson of the Liberals, Nicholas Wendler of the Green Party, Libertarian Ron Stephens, and Alliance Party candidate Gerrie Huenemoerder.

Thompson tells us municipalities will see a return of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).

The reduction of OMPF funding under the previous Liberal government caused financial anguish among municipalities in Huron and Bruce counties.

Thompson also reiterates the Progressive Conservative's promise to reduce corporate tax rates and hydro prices, in order to lower costs for small businesses.

The riding of Huron-Bruce was Liberal for eight years under former MPP Carol Mitchell, before her ouster by Thompson in 2011.

No word yet on whether Thompson will be a member of the incoming party's cabinet.

Jan Johnstone of the NDP finished second with 29.03% support, 15,326 votes.

Liberal candidate Don Matheson, in his first try at provincial politics, didn't win but he believes his team ran a fantastic campaign and he has no regrets.

He was third with 7,356 votes.

Speaking to supporters, Matheson said the people wanted change and the Progessive Conservative wave is the result.

He wishes Huron Bruce winner PC Lisa Thompson well and hopes she will represent the people of the riding well.

However, as far as the PC's with a majority government, Matheson says it scares him.

He says when Doug Ford says he's going to find efficiencies, Matheson believes that means cuts and previous governments have made huge cuts in education and health care fields.

Matheson says these are two areas that cannot afford cuts at this time.

Matheson says he's going to relax on Friday and then it's back Monday to Saugeen District Secondary School where he is a teacher.

He will also return to his seat on Saugeen Shores council and with a municipal election coming up in October, Matheson hints he'll make a decision on running again municipally in the next few days.

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