Conservatives win Calgary again
No surprises as Southern Alberta swept by Tories
Calgary voters once again chose to send Conservative candidates to Ottawa, electing Tories in all eight of the city's ridings.
Every riding in Alberta went to a Tory candidate, with the exception of Edmonton-Strathcona, where NDP candidate Linda Duncan held onto her seat.
Many of the Calgary winners were expected to join Conservative leader Stephen Harper for celebrations at the Telus Convention Centre Monday night. Harper easily won his seat in Calgary Southwest with 75 per cent of the vote.
Jason Kenney, who was re-elected In Calgary Southeast, was among the jubilant crowd. Kenney had flown back home from Toronto, where he was door knocking Sunday night.
"Calgarians want a majority Conservative government. They got it tonight. And I would like to think I played a bit of a role in that working in Toronto and other parts of the country," Kenney said.
The only riding in Calgary without an incumbent was Calgary Centre-North, where rookie Tory candidate Michelle Rempel won with 56 per cent of the vote. The NDP's Paul Vargis finished second with 16 per cent.
Rempel will fill the shoes of Jim Prentice, the former environment minister, who resigned his seat last fall to take a senior job with CIBC.
"For the last four months I've been out talking to people and hearing their concerns," she said. "I really look forward to bringing a strong Conservative voice to Ottawa for the people of this riding."
Other Conservatives declared re-elected in Calgary:
- Devinder Shory in Calgary Northeast
- Lee Richardson in Calgary Centre
- Rob Anders in Calgary West
- Diane Ablonczy in Calgary-Nose Hill
- Deepak Obhrai in Calgary East
The Conservatives held a low-profile campaign in Calgary, mostly avoiding all-candidate debates and focusing on door knocking and meeting with supporters.
The Green party's Elizabeth May was the only leader to visit Calgary. Even Harper bypassed his hometown during the campaign, finally showing up Monday at St. Augustine School with his wife Laureen to vote and visit with excited students.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi told CBC News he looked forward to continuing to work with Harper and his party.
"I'm certainly happy that the prime minister is one of my constituents and that he understands the needs of this city, but also that both the governing party and opposition have put forth great ideas on the urban agenda," he said.
Tories sweep rural ridings
In the large rural ridings surrounding Calgary, Tories were also declared winners.
Lethbridge was the only riding without an incumbent due to the retirement of popular MP Rick Casson. Tory Jim Hillyer, who wasn't well known when the campaign began, held onto the seat for the Conservative party.
The other riding to watch in Southern Alberta was Medicine Hat, where the city's mayor Norm Boucher ran as a Liberal. Conservative LeVar Payne, running for the second time, still managed to win the seat.
Also winning in Southern Alberta: Conservative Blake Richards won his second race in the riding of Wild Rose, voters once again picked Ten Menzies in Macleod, and Kevin Sorenson is returning to Ottawa for Crowfoot.