Party Candidate Votes Status
247/247 polls Updated: Jun. 13, 2014 1:49 AM EDT
PC Rick Nicholls 14,183 Elected
NDP Dan Gelinas 11,667
LIB Terry Johnson 9,160
GRN Ken Bell 1,971
LTN Douglas McLarty 514

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Riding profile


This riding is located in the southwest corner of the province, bordered by Lake Erie to the south and the Thames River to the north.

The major urban centres are the cities of Chatham, Leamington and Blenheim. Point Pelee National Park, Rondeau Provincial Park and the Moravian Indian Reserve are all included in riding.

The new riding was formed in 1999 and consolidates 60 per cent of the former Chatham-Kent riding, 56 per cent of Essex-Kent and 28 per cent of Essex South.

Population: 105,579 (2011 census; a decrease of 3.6% since 2006)

Political history

Liberal Pat Hoy, who was elected to a fourth term in 2007 by an 8,415-vote margin, is not seeking re-election. He was first elected in the old riding of Essex-Kent in 1995.

The riding was Liberal-held since its inception in 1987. Prior to that, the old Kent-East riding was a Liberal stronghold from 1955 through the 1980s.

The former riding of Chatham-Kent was held by Progressive Conservative Darcy McKeough from 1963 to 1978, when he retired from politics. McKeough held a number of cabinet posts under the governments of John Robarts and William Davis.

After McKeough, the seat bounced to the Liberals, the NDP in 1990, the Tories again in 1995, and back to the Liberals in 1999.

2011 Provincial Election Results



Total votes


PC Rick Nicholls 15,122 41.66
LIB Paul Watson 11,630 32.04
NDP Aleksandra Navarro 8,522 23.48
GRN Holly Sullivan 1,027 2.83



Unemployment Rate
Provincial 6.4%
National 6.6%
Provincial 13.56%
National 13.71%
Home Owners
Provincial 26.61%
National 26.92%
Avg Family Income
Provincial $90,526
National $82,325
Provincial 28%
National 20%
Post-Secondary Degree
Provincial 33.54%
National 33.35%

Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

2014 Candidates

Conservative   Rick Nicholls
Liberal   Terry Johnson
NDP   Dan Gelinas
Green   Ken Bell
Libertarian    Douglas McLarty