Tories maintain Prairie stronghold
Liberal Ralph Goodale holds seat in Saskatchewan
Stephen Harper's Conservatives have not only maintained their dominant position in the Prairie provinces, but boosted it with gains in Manitoba.
The Tories continued to control the majority of seats in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on their way to delivering Harper's first majority government after five years in a minority situation.
The Conservatives dominated in Alberta once again, winning 27 of the province's 28 seats.
NDP candidate Linda Duncan — the only non-Conservative to win a seat in the province in the last election — was re-elected in her Edmonton-Strathcona riding after facing a challenge from Tory Ryan Hastman.
In neighbouring Saskatchewan, the Tories held all but one of the province’s 14 seats when the election was called — an outcome that was repeated Monday.
Ralph Goodale, the lone Liberal incumbent in Saskatchewan, was re-elected in his riding of Wascana.
"To survive against that wave is not an insignificant accomplishment," Goodale said Monday after the Tories secured a majority.
In Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, Conservative incumbent Kelly Block defeated NDP candidate Nettie Wiebe once again after an extremely tight race.
"I had hoped that we would have a voice out of Saskatchewan that would be a strong advocate but the people have made their choice," Wiebe said.
Tories make gains in Manitoba
The Conservatives held their nine Manitoba seats and earned two more in Monday's election. The NDP won two seats and initial results showed the Liberals with one seat.
The Tory gains came at the expense of the NDP's Jim Maloway and Liberals' Anita Neville, two incumbents thought to be strong.
Conservative candidate Lawrence Toet unseated Maloway in Winnipeg's Elmwood-Transcona riding. Maloway, a longtime provincial politician, had taken the traditionally-NDP seat back from the Conservatives in 2008.
In Winnipeg South Centre, Neville was defeated by Conservative candidate Joyce Bateman. Bateman was a longtime card-carrying Liberal before shifting to the Conservatives just weeks before the election.
At least one race in Manitoba was incredibly close. In Winnipeg North, it appears that Liberal Kevin Lamoureux eked out a win over NDP challenger Rebecca Blaikie after an extremely close race.
Meanwhile, in Winnipeg South, Conservative incumbent Rod Bruinooge was re-elected by a comfortable margin.
With files from CBC's John Weidlich and Darren Bernhardt