Marilyn Gladu retains Sarnia-Lambton with another strong showing

Journal Staff

It was a three-peat for Marilyn Gladu.

The Conservative MP for Sarnia-Lambton cruised to her third straight victory in Monday’s federal election, taking nearly as many votes as the other five candidates combined.

With 177 of 178 polls reporting, Gladu had tallied 24,835 votes, or 46.2% of the total ballots cast.

As he did in the 2019 election, the NDP’s Adam Kilner finished second with 11,268 votes (21%).

Liberal Lois Nantais was third with 10,264 (19.1%)

People’s Party candidate Brian Everaert earned 6,114 votes in his second bid for the seat, or 11.4%. That was a big improvement from 2019 when Everaert took 3% of the vote.

Green Party candidate Stefanie Bunko tallied 804 votes and Thomas Laird of the Christian Heritage Party 457.

With the one poll still to report, 53,742 of 85,155 registered electors had cast a ballot in Sarnia-Lambton. That represents a voter turnout of 63.1%, though that number doesn’t include people who registered to vote on election day.

Many polling stations in Sarnia experienced long lineups Monday, a result of pandemic safety restrictions, fewer places to vote (178 compared to 238) and a shortage of Elections Canada staff and volunteers.

Gladu was first elected in 2015, becoming the first female chemical engineer ever sent to the House of Commons.

She was twice voted the ‘most collegial Parliamentarian’ by her peers and has served as Official Opposition Science Critic, Chair for the Status of Women, and was most recently named Shadow Minister for FedDev Southern Ontario and Privy Council Critic.

She is also a mother of two, singer, longtime youth leader, a black belt in tae-kwon doe, triathlon runner, and author.

In the riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Lianne Rood held the seat for the Conservatives, taking 48%of the vote with 244 of 245 polls reporting. Liberal and Lambton Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade finished second, with 20.5% of the vote.