Lisa MacLeod

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Lisa MacLeod
Ontario MPP
Incumbent
Assumed office
2006
Preceded by John Baird
Constituency Nepean—Carleton
Personal details
Born (1974-10-29) October 29, 1974 (age 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 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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