Derek Sloan the Former Conservative Member of Parliament for Hastings-Lennox and Addington, who ran for the Conservative Party of Canada Leadership losing to Erin O'Toole, then was kicked from caucus and sat as an Independent, who then ran as an Independent MP in the Alberta Riding of Banff-Airdire but was defeated by Conservative MP Blake Richards, then became the leader of the Ontario Party, lost his shot at a seat at Queens Park in the riding of Hastings-Lennox and Addington.
Sloan places a distant fourth place against eventual winner Progressive Conservative MPP-elect Ric Resee.
The Ontario Party leader gain only 2,812 votes in the election, which resulted in 7.4% of the overall vote in the eastern Ontario riding.
According to the National Post Sloan is staying put. "We’re going to see what the final results are tonight, we want to keep growing the movement, and see where that takes us,” Sloan is quoted as saying.
The Ontario Party was created in 2018 after members of the Ontario Alliance party left and they created their own party. Former Chief of Staff to Rick Chiarelli, Jay Tysick was the first leader of the upstart party. In early 2021 the party selected new leader Joel Shepheard.
In December Derek Sloan, after the Federal Election, was named as leader of the Ontario Party.
The party ran over 100 candidates in the Ontario election, and garnered over 84,000 votes - which is approximately 1.8% of the vote.