Ottawa·Election 2019

Ottawa Centre sends Catherine McKenna back to Parliament

Liberal Catherine McKenna holds onto her seat in Ottawa Centre.

Environment minister maintains her seat in central Ottawa riding

Catherine McKenna held onto her seat in Ottawa Centre. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

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.  

Liberal Catherine McKenna spoke to supporters after being re-elected in the riding of Ottawa Centre on Monday night.  0:43

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.

Taman fell to Liberal Catherine McKenna in Ottawa Centre, but said it was a "huge privilege to have the opportunity to work on moving Paul's legacy forward." 0:29

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.

Environment minister maintains her seat in central Ottawa riding. 7:06

Ottawa Centre in 2015

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