|Preceded by||John Baird|
|Born||1974 (age 39–40)
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Macleod was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She went to St. Francis Xavier University where she obtain a degree in political science. She moved to Ottawa in 1998 with a goal of becoming involved in politics. She worked as an assistant to Ottawa City Councillor Jan Harder and as a riding assistant to Federal MP Pierre Poilievre. 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.
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. After her election, Macleod was appointed critic for Children and Youth Services. Since then she has served as critic for various issues including Government Services, Education and Energy.
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.
In 2012, she criticised Dalton McGuinty's Bill 13 legislation as being "unfair" to Catholic separate school boards because to forced them to allow Gay Straight Alliances. She labelled the Liberals as "bullies".
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."
|Ontario general election, 2014: Nepean—Carleton|
|** Preliminary results — Not yet official **|
|Progressive Conservative||Lisa MacLeod||30,778||46.60||-7.88|
|New Democratic||Ric Dagenais||8,662||13.12||-1.65|
|Total valid votes||66,045||100.0||+20.00|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-7.12|
|Ontario general election, 2011: Nepean—Carleton|
|Progressive Conservative||Lisa MacLeod||29,985||54.48||+4.20||$ 61,855.47|
|New Democratic||Ric Dagenais||8,127||14.77||+7.34||18,039.80|
|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|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+5.09|
|Ontario general election, 2007: Nepean—Carleton|
|Progressive Conservative||Lisa MacLeod||27,070||50.28||-7.29||$ 58,239.69|
|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|
|Nepean—CarletonOntario provincial by-election, March 30, 2006:|
|Progressive Conservative||Lisa MacLeod||17,312||57.57||+3.51||$ 89,547.03|
|New Democratic||Laurel Gibbons||2,487||8.27||+1.73||32,687.68|
|Green||Peter V. Tretter||634||2.11||-1.65||852.94|
|Total valid votes/Expense Limit||30,073||100.0||-48.65||$ 114,226.16|
|Total rejected ballots||97||0.32||-0.13|
|Names on List of Electors||105,802||+11.91|
- 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.
- Denley, Randall (April 1, 2006). "MacLeod will deliver for city". The Ottawa Citizen. p. E1.
- 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.
- Reevely, David (September 24, 2003). "Varner brings out the big guns: MacKay, Prentice help Ottawa Centre candidate". The Ottawa Citizen. p. A8.
- Mohammed, Adam (March 2, 2006). "Ex-police chief seeks Liberal nomination: Byelection called for Nepean-Carleton". The Ottawa Citizen. p. C3.
- Lackner, Chris; Pilieci, Vito (March 31, 2006). "Tories' MacLeod posts easy victory in Nepean-Carleton byelection". The Ottawa Citizen. p. F1.
- Dare, Patrick (January 25, 2007). "Political rivals set aside differences for fight against autism". The Ottawa Citizen. p. C6.
- "Conservatives, including PM, share recipes for cookbook". CTV News. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 9 (xviii). Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 10. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Catholic schools’ opposition to gay clubs revives public-funding debate". National Post. 30 May 2012.
- "Kathleen Wynne sues Tim Hudak, MPP Lisa MacLeod and PC party". Toronto Star. 4 April 2014.