Conservative Party Candidate Shelby Kramp-Neuman is projected to win the Hastings—Lennox and Addington riding.
She beat out Liberal candidate and former MP Steve Bossio with nearly 45 per cent of the vote and more than 75 per cent of polls reporting by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Derek Sloan helped the Conservatives win the riding in the 2019 election. Before that, Liberal Mike Bossio held the riding from 2015-2019.
In 2020, Sloan ran for the Conservative Party leadership and lost.
In January 2021, Sloan was ejected from the federal Conservative caucus over a “pattern of destructive behaviour,” including accepting a leadership campaign donation from a man described as a neo-Nazi.
“The Conservative caucus voted to remove Derek Sloan not because of one specific event, but because of a pattern of destructive behaviour involving multiple incidents and disrespect towards the Conservative team for over a year,” Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said in a statement in January.
Sloan continued to represent the riding as an Independent. In July 2021, Sloan announced plans to start a new political party.
Sloan announced in late August he would no longer be running in his home riding, but rather aiming for a spot as an independent in the Banff—Airdrie riding in Alberta. His wife Jennifer has announced her intentions to run as an independent in the riding. As of 12:30 Tuesday, both Sloans were polling at around 2 per cent in their respective ridings.
Hastings—Lennox and Addington was created by the 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution and includes the County of Hastings, the County of Lennox and Addington and part of the City of Belleville north of Highway 401.
Conservative: Shelby Kramp-Neuman
Liberal: Mike Bossio
NDP: Matilda DeBues
Green Party: Reg Wilson
Independent: Jennifer Sloan
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