Ottawa Centre sends Catherine McKenna back to Parliament
Environment minister maintains her seat in central Ottawa riding
Liberal Catherine McKenna will hold onto her seat in Ottawa Centre.
The area's only cabinet minister looked to keep Ottawa's core red after an upset in 2015.
At 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, with 91.6 per cent of the vote counted, McKenna had 48.5 per cent of the vote. Lawyer Emilie Taman took the second spot with 29.4 per cent of the vote for the NDP, and Conservative Carol Clemenhagen was third with12.6 per cent.
McKenna took Ottawa Centre from the NDP in 2015 by more than 3,000 votes and was appointed as environment minister.
The voter turnout of 82 per cent was one of the highest in the country.
This race pitted McKenna against a wide range of candidates. Besides Taman and Clemenhagen there was Shelby Bertrand of the Animal Protection Party; Libertarian Coreen Corcoran; Independent Chris Jones, former nurse and journalist Marie-Chantal Leriche of the Christian Heritage Party; economist and eco-friendly B&B manager Angela Keller-Herzog for the Greens; Stuart Ryan of the Communist Party of Canada; Public servant and self-described LGBTQ activist Merylee Sevilla for the People's Party; and Independent Giang Ha Thu Vo.