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Laurie Scott is a politician in Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. She was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2009, representing the riding of Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock for the Progressive Conservative Party. Her father, the late Bill Scott, was a federal Progressive Conservative MP from 1965 to 1993.

Scott is a registered nurse, with a degree from Loyalist Collegemarker in Bellevillemarker. She has worked at Toronto General Hospitalmarker and Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsaymarker, and has also served on various committees in Kawartha Lakesmarker. Scott is generally regarded as being on the moderate wing of her party. In 2004, she supported John Tory in his successful bid to become party leader.

In the Canadian general election of 2000, she ran in Haliburton—Victoria—Brock for the federal Progressive Conservative party, but finished behind Liberal John O'Reilly and Canadian Alliance candidate Pat Dunn in a close, three-way race. From 2000 to 2003, she worked as an assistant to Progressive Conservative Senator Consiglio Di Nino.

Scott was elected to the Ontario parliament in the 2003 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Jason Ward by over 7000 votes. Earl Manners of the NDP finished third. The Conservatives won only 24 seats out of 103 in this election, and Scott was appointed opposition critic for training, colleges and universities.

In the 2007 provincial election, Scott ran against Rick Johnson of the Ontario Liberal Party, and Joan Corrigan of the Ontario NDP. She defeated the Liberal candidate by almost 10,000 votes with 49.9% of the total vote. She was subsequently appointed as the official opposition critic for research and innovation and health promotion.

On January 8, 2009, it was announced that Scott would resign as MPP to allow PC leader John Tory to seek a seat in the legislature. In exchange for agreeing to resign, Scott will serve as chair of the party's election preparedness committee until the 2011 election. However, Tory was defeated by Johnson in the by-election.

References

  1. "PC Leader John Tory to announce seat bid", ctv.ca, January 8, 2009.
  2. "Tory gets a chance at last", Toronto Star, January 9, 2009.
  3. "John Tory loses bid for seat in by-election". Toronto Star, March 5, 2009.


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