Lisa MacLeod

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Lisa MacLeod
Ontario MPP
Incumbent
Assumed office
2006
Preceded by John Baird
Constituency Nepean—Carleton
Personal details
Born 1974 (age 39–40)
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Joseph Varner
Children 1
Residence Ottawa, Ontario
Occupation Executive assistant
Religion Presbyterian

Lisa MacLeod (born c. 1974) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in a by-election in 2006. She represents the riding of Nepean—Carleton.

Background[edit]

Macleod was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.[1] She went to St. Francis Xavier University where she obtain a degree in political science.[2] She moved to Ottawa in 1998 with a goal of becoming involved in politics.[3] She worked as an assistant to Ottawa City Councillor Jan Harder and as a riding assistant to Federal MP Pierre Poilievre.[4][5] She is married to Joseph Varner and they have one daughter, Victoria. Varner was a candidate in the 2003 provincial election but lost to Richard Patten.[4]

Politics[edit]

Macleod was elected to the Ontario legislature in a by-election that was held to replace John Baird who resigned to run as a Federal MP. She won the election on March 30, 2006, beating her Liberal opponent Brian Ford in the Ottawa area riding of Nepean—Carleton by a margin of 6,000 votes.[6] She was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014.[7][8][9]

In 2007 MacLeod was satirized by Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella when she was mockingly portrayed in a spoofed picture suggesting she would rather be at home baking cookies than attending a political event with then PC Leader John Tory. Kinsella later removed the posting and apologized to MacLeod. Following the incident MacLeod wrote a cookbook called I'd Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends. Macleod said, "Why not play off that experience, make a cookbook and poke fun at the absurdity of it?" The money raised from the sale of the cookbooks went to her election campaign.[10]

In 2012, she criticized Dalton McGuinty's Bill 13 legislation as being "unfair" to Catholic separate school boards because it forced them to allow Gay Straight Alliances. She labelled the Liberals as "bullies".[11]

In 2014, Premier Kathleen Wynne launched a libel lawsuit against MacLeod and PC Party Leader Tim Hudak after they said that she "oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of [gas plant] documents."[12]

She is the party's critic for Treasury Board issues.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014: Nepean—Carleton
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod 30,778 46.60 -7.88
Liberal Jack Uppal 22,011 33.33 +6.36
New Democratic Ric Dagenais 8,662 13.12 -1.65
Green Gordon Kubanek 3,639 5.51 +2.53
Libertarian Coreen Corcoran 955 1.45 +1.04
Total valid votes 66,045 100.0   +20.00
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -7.12
Ontario general election, 2011: Nepean—Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod 29,985 54.48 +4.20 $   61,855.47
Liberal Don Dransfield 14,844 26.97 -5.97 20,300.63
New Democratic Ric Dagenais 8,127 14.77 +7.34 18,039.80
Green Gordon Kubanek 1,641 2.98 -5.38 2,855.87
Libertarian Roger Toutant 223 0.41   0.00
Freedom Marco Rossi 217 0.39   0.00
Total valid votes / Expense limit 55,037 100.0   +2.23 $ 131,703.25
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 193 0.35 -0.17
Turnout 55,230 49.91 -4.70
Eligible voters 110,662   +11.69
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +5.09
Ontario general election, 2007: Nepean—Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod 27,070 50.28 -7.29 $   58,239.69
Liberal Jai Aggarwal 17,731 32.94 +1.50 35,359.08
Green Gordon Kubanek 4,500 8.36 +6.25 3,130.46
New Democratic Tristan Maack 4,000 7.43 -0.84 11,543.93
Family Coalition Suzanne Fortin 533 0.99   0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,834 100.0   +79.01 $ 107,004.24
Total rejected ballots 277 0.52 +0.20
Turnout 54,111 54.61 +26.09
Eligible voters 99,078   -6.36
Ontario provincial by-election, March 30, 2006: Nepean—Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod 17,312 57.57 +3.51 $  89,547.03
Liberal Brian Ford 9,455 31.44 -4.21 58,560.17
New Democratic Laurel Gibbons 2,487 8.27 +1.73 32,687.68
Green Peter V. Tretter 634 2.11 -1.65 852.94
Independent John Turmel 112 0.37   0.00
Freedom Jurgen Vollrath 73 0.24   0.00
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 30,073 100.0   -48.65 $ 114,226.16
Total rejected ballots 97 0.32 -0.13
Turnout 30,170 28.52 -33.71
Names on List of Electors 105,802   +11.91

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brennan, Richard; Benzie, Robert (July 19, 2006). "Backbencher raises ire of Atlantic Canada; Liberal MPP suggests region is an economic underperformer". Toronto Star. p. A14. 
  2. ^ Denley, Randall (April 1, 2006). "MacLeod will deliver for city". The Ottawa Citizen. p. E1. 
  3. ^ Pearson, Matthew (September 21, 2013). "A political paradox; Depending on who you talk to, Lisa MacLeod is either a hard-working MPP who cares deeply about her community or a partisan attack dog whose loyalty is first to the Progressive Conservative party". The Ottawa Citizen. p. B1. 
  4. ^ a b Reevely, David (September 24, 2003). "Varner brings out the big guns: MacKay, Prentice help Ottawa Centre candidate". The Ottawa Citizen. p. A8. 
  5. ^ Mohammed, Adam (March 2, 2006). "Ex-police chief seeks Liberal nomination: Byelection called for Nepean-Carleton". The Ottawa Citizen. p. C3. 
  6. ^ Lackner, Chris; Pilieci, Vito (March 31, 2006). "Tories' MacLeod posts easy victory in Nepean-Carleton byelection". The Ottawa Citizen. p. F1. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 9 (xviii). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 10. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  9. ^ "General Election by District: Nepean—Carleton". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Conservatives, including PM, share recipes for cookbook". CTV News. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Catholic schools’ opposition to gay clubs revives public-funding debate". National Post. 30 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Kathleen Wynne sues Tim Hudak, MPP Lisa MacLeod and PC party". Toronto Star. 4 April 2014. 

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