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Ontario Votes 2018: Kanata–Carleton

Kanata–Carleton is set to be a riding to watch this election as incumbent Jack MacLaren faces off against his former party in the newly redrawn, suburban and rural riding.

Riding significantly redrawn and renamed, but maintains suburban and rural areas

Incumbent Jack MacLaren (third from left) is representing the Trillium Party in this election, running against the candidate for his former party, the PC's Merrilee Fullerton (second from left). Stephanie Maghnam (left) is running for the Liberals, while John Hansen (right) is on the ballot for the NDP. (Submitted)

Kanata–Carleton will be a riding to watch this election as incumbent Jack MacLaren faces off against his former party in the newly redrawn, suburban and rural riding.

It has shrunk significantly since the last election, with the old Carleton–Mississippi Mills riding losing 20 per cent of its territory to Carleton in the south and 35 per cent to Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston in the west.

On average, people in the riding have a substantially higher income than other parts of the region and a higher-than-average proportion of residents are under the age of 15. The riding is also ethnically diverse, with a particularly high percentage of people who identify as Chinese.

Who's running?

MacLaren is running under the Trillium Party banner after being expelled from the PC caucus for comments he made about French-language rights. 

He has held the seat since 2011, when he won a bitter nomination battle against then PC incumbent Norm Sterling — a veteran conservative MPP who served in Mike Harris's cabinet. A fifth-generation farmer, MacLaren has seen continued strong rural support, even while battling scandal.

The PCs are hoping to win back the seat they held for decades with candidate Merrilee Fullerton, a former family physician and health advocate. 

In recent elections the Liberals have held onto at least 30 per cent of the vote and likely hope a vote split between the two conservative candidates will propel Edmonton-raised former journalist Stephanie Maghnam to victory. 

The NDP is running Kanata resident John Hansen, an engineer involved in the tech sector.

Filling out a crowded ballot are Andrew West for the Green Party of Ontario; Peter d'Entremont, a Libertarian candidate; and Robert LeBrun, running for the None of the Above Direct Democracy Party.