Michael Barrett Takes Decisive Win In By-Election

The riding of Leeds-Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes have its new representative in the House of Commons.

Michael Barrett easily held the seat for the Conservatives with a 58 per cent victory, as the polls closed Monday night.

Barrett says the win falls in line with what he heard at the doors, that residents are not happy with the federal Liberals.

"It started with people talking about the carbon tax, it started with people being concerned about illegal migration into Canada with no plan to deal with that, and it started with the debt that’s growing," he says. "People are tired of Justin Trudeau's policies."

Liberal contender Mary Jean McFall was second with 36 per cent, while the NDP trailed with three per cent, just 24 votes ahead of the Greens.

Barrett says it was an exciting evening.

"I was cautiously excited, and the trend was our friend throughout the night," he says. "And obviously our lead grew as results came in, but it was very exciting."

Elections Canada says over 81,000 residents are eligible to vote in the riding, and 29,181 did on Monday. That's a voter turnout rate of 36 per cent.

Elections Canada says those numbers do not include those who registered at the polls on Election Day.

On Tuesday, Barrett joined the Bruce Wylie Show with Kimberley Johnson, to discuss his victory. Hear the full interview below.

The riding of Leeds-Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes have its new representative in the House of Commons.

Michael Barrett easily held the seat for the Conservatives with a 58 per cent victory, as the polls closed Monday night.

Barrett says the win falls in line with what he heard at the doors, that residents are not happy with the federal Liberals.

"It started with people talking about the carbon tax, it started with people being concerned about illegal migration into Canada with no plan to deal with that, and it started with the debt that’s growing," he says. "People are tired of Justin Trudeau's policies."

Liberal contender Mary Jean McFall was second with 36 per cent, while the NDP trailed with three per cent, just 24 votes ahead of the Greens.

Barrett says it was an exciting evening.

"I was cautiously excited, and the trend was our friend throughout the night," he says. "And obviously our lead grew as results came in, but it was very exciting."

Elections Canada says over 81,000 residents are eligible to vote in the riding, and 29,181 did on Monday. That's a voter turnout rate of 36 per cent.

Elections Canada says those numbers do not include those who registered at the polls on Election Day.

On Tuesday, Barrett joined the Bruce Wylie Show with Kimberley Johnson, to discuss his victory. Hear the full interview below.