Greens win second Ontario seat in provincial byelection

Ontario Green Party Kitchener Centre nominee Aislinn Clancy stands with Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre Mike Morrice (let) and Leader of the Ontario Green Party Mike Schreiner. (Dave Pettitt/CTV News Kitchener)

KITCHENER, Ont. - The Green Party of Ontario has won its second seat in the provincial legislature in a byelection victory.

Aislinn Clancy won handily Thursday night in Kitchener Centre over the New Democratic candidate, in what had been an NDP riding.

Clancy, a city councillor, will join Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, who represents the nearby riding of Guelph in the legislature.

Mike Morrice holds Kitchener Centre federally for the Greens, and ahead of the vote Clancy said that was an advantage.

NDP candidate Debbie Chapman, also a Kitchener city councillor, trailed Clancy, with about 25 per cent of the vote compared to Clancy's roughly 50 per cent.

The provincial Kitchener Centre seat had been vacant since July, when Laura Mae Lindo resigned the seat she had held for the New Democrats.