Laurie Scott (politician)
|Preceded by||Rick Johnson|
|Preceded by||Chris Hodgson|
|Succeeded by||Rick Johnson|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Residence||Kawartha Lakes, Ontario|
She was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2009, when she resigned to allow party leader John Tory to contest the seat in a by-election, which Tory lost to Liberal opponent Rick Johnson. Scott was subsequently re-elected to the legislature, defeating Johnson, in 2011.
Scott is a registered nurse, with a degree from Loyalist College in Belleville. She has worked at Toronto General Hospital and Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, and has also served on various committees in Kawartha Lakes. Scott is generally regarded as being on the moderate wing of her party.
In the Canadian general election of 2000, she ran in Haliburton—Victoria—Brock for the federal Progressive Conservative party, but finished behind Liberal John O'Reilly and Canadian Alliance candidate Pat Dunn in a close, three-way race. From 2000 to 2003, she worked as an assistant to Progressive Conservative Senator Consiglio Di Nino.
Scott was elected to the Ontario parliament in the 2003 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Jason Ward by over 7000 votes. Earl Manners of the NDP finished third. The Conservatives won only 24 seats out of 103 in this election, and Scott was appointed opposition critic for training, colleges and universities.
In the 2007 provincial election, Scott ran against Rick Johnson of the Ontario Liberal Party, and Joan Corrigan of the Ontario NDP. She defeated the Liberal candidate by almost 10,000 votes with 49.9% of the total vote. She was subsequently appointed as the official opposition critic for research and innovation and health promotion.
On January 8, 2009, it was announced that Scott would resign as MPP to allow PC leader John Tory to seek a seat in the legislature. In exchange for agreeing to resign, Scott would serve as chair of the party's election preparedness committee until the 2011 election. However, Tory was defeated by Johnson in the by-election.