Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock (provincial electoral district)

Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock (formerly Haliburton—Victoria—Brock) is a provincial electoral district in Central Ontario, Canada. It elects one member to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
Ontario electoral district
Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock in relation to other electoral districts
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Ontario
Laurie Scott
Progressive Conservative
District created1999
First contested1999
Last contested2018
Population (2006)119,141
Electors (2018)92,570
Area (km²)10,831
Pop. density (per km²)11
Census division(s)Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, Peterborough County, Durham Region
Census subdivision(s)Algonquin Highlands, Brock, Cavan-Monaghan, Kawartha Lakes, Trent Lakes

It was created in 1999 from parts of Victoria—Haliburton, Durham East, Durham—York and Hastings—Peterborough.

When the riding was created it was called Haliburton—Victoria—Brock, and included all of Victoria County, most of Haliburton County, the townships of Brock, Galway-Cavendish and Harvey, Burleigh and Anstruther, Chandos and Cavan, as well as the village of Millbrook.

In 2007 it was renamed Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock after Victoria County was renamed Kawartha Lakes. The riding also gained the municipality of Algonquin Highlands, plus the entire municipality of Cavan-Monaghan. It therefore is now identical to the federal riding by the same name.

2009 by-election

On February 4, 2009, a writ was issued for a by-election to be held on March 5, 2009.[1] The by-election was called to fill the seat vacated by Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament Laurie Scott, who quit so that PC leader John Tory could seek a seat in the legislature.

Rick Johnson, who ran for the Ontario Liberal Party in 2007 after he resigned as president of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association to run against Ms. Scott in 2007 because he was opposed to Mr. Tory's controversial promise to extend public funding to religious schools, is the Liberal candidate for the by-election. The Liberal riding association voted unanimously to support Johnson.[2]

Brad Harness, leader of the minor Reform Party of Ontario, announced that the party planned to run a candidate, and slammed Tory as an "urbanite".[3] However, as the writ came, the party failed to run a candidate.

The Green Party of Ontario announced its candidate would be Mike Schreiner, an award-winning entrepreneur, sustainable community champion and local food advocate.[4]

On February 9, the Lindsay Post published a poll of local residents which indicated that Tory’s campaign was off to a rocky start, with nearly 70 percent of respondents saying that they opposed Scott's decision to step aside so that Tory could be a candidate, and nearly half of respondents stating that they were less likely to vote PC because of his candidacy.[5] That outsider status (being from Toronto) likely played a major role in Tory's defeat, combined with the fact that Tory was more liberal than most conservative voters in the riding resulting in many potential PC voters staying home.

Members of Provincial Parliament

Assembly Years Member Party
37th  1999–2003     Chris Hodgson Progressive Conservative
38th  2003–2007 Laurie Scott
Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
39th  2007–2009     Laurie Scott Progressive Conservative
 2009–2011     Rick Johnson Liberal
40th  2011–2014     Laurie Scott Progressive Conservative
41st  2014–2018
42nd  2018–Present

Election results

2018 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes%±%
Progressive ConservativeLaurie Scott32,40656.71+15.75
New DemocraticZac Miller15,14226.50+6.76
LiberalBrooklynne Cramp-Waldinsperger5,6559.90−25.13
GreenLynn Therien2,5514.46+0.19
None of the AboveThomas Rhyno6221.09
LibertarianGene Balfour4550.80
Consensus OntarioChuck MacMillan3120.55
Total valid votes 57,143100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing
Source: Elections Ontario[6]
2014 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes%±%
Progressive ConservativeLaurie Scott21,64140.96-4.47
LiberalRick Johnson18,51235.03+1.45
New DemocraticDon Abel10,43119.74+2.43
GreenArsalan Ahmad2,2554.27+1.10
Total valid votes 52,839100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -2.96
Source: Elections Ontario[7]
2011 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes%±%
Progressive ConservativeLaurie Scott22,35245.43+4.23
LiberalRick Johnson16,52233.58-10.29
New DemocraticDon Abel8,51717.31+11.35
GreenAnita Payne1,5623.17-3.40
FreedomCharles Olito2450.50+0.10
Total valid votes 49,198100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 1880.38
Turnout 49,38654.98
Eligible voters 89,830
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +7.26
Source: Elections Ontario[8]
Ontario provincial by-election, March 5, 2009 resignation of Laurie Scott
Party Candidate Votes%±%
LiberalRick Johnson15,54243.88+14.37
Progressive ConservativeJohn Tory14,59541.20-8.79
GreenMike Schreiner2,3306.58-0.58
New DemocraticLyn Edwards2,1125.96-5.95
IndependentJason Taylor2800.79
Family CoalitionJake Pothaar2580.73+0.11
FreedomBill Denby1400.40-0.41
IndependentJohn Turmel940.27
LibertarianPaolo Fabrizio720.20
Total valid votes 35,423 100.00
  Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +11.58
Source: Elections Ontario[9]
2007 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes%±%
Progressive ConservativeLaurie Scott24,27349.99+2.58
LiberalRick Johnson14,32729.51-4.00
New DemocraticJoan Corigan5,78511.92-3.47
GreenDouglas Smith3,4757.16+5.29
FreedomBill Denby3910.81+0.28
Family CoalitionJake Pothaar3010.62-0.67
Total valid votes 48,552 100.00
2003 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes%±%
Progressive ConservativeLaurie Scott24,29747.41-15.41
LiberalJason D. Ward17,17133.515.05
New DemocraticEarl Manners7,88415.397.99
GreenDouglas Smith9561.87
Family CoalitionPaul Gordon6631.29
FreedomCharles Olito2730.530.14
Total valid votes 51,244 100.00
1999 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes%
Progressive ConservativeChris Hodgson32,12562.82
LiberalSharon McCrae14,55628.46
New DemocraticRick Denyer3,7867.40
IndependentBrad Bradamore3400.66
FreedomCharles Olito1980.39
Natural LawMaxim Newby1350.26
Total valid votes 51,140 100.00

2007 electoral reform referendum

2007 Ontario electoral reform referendum
Side Votes %
First Past the Post 33,156 70.1
Mixed member proportional 14,166 29.9
Total valid votes 47,322 100.0


  1. "Provincial Byelection Called in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock". Office of the Premier of Ontario press release via Canada Newswire. February 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  2. "Liberal to challenge John Tory in by-election". The Globe and Mail. January 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  3. Benzie, Robert (January 14, 2009). "Reform to test 'urbanite' Tory in rural riding". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  4. Riley, Mary (2009-01-15). "Green Party candidate steps forward". myKawartha.com. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  5. "Poll shows Conservatives unhappy with Tory" Lindsay Post, February 9, 2009
  6. "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. Elections Ontario (2014). "Official result from the records, 029 Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock" (PDF). Retrieved 27 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
  8. Elections Ontario (2011). "Official return from the records / Rapport des registres officiels - Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock" (PDF). Retrieved 2 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  9. "By-Election 2009: Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock". Archived from the original on June 11, 2014.