Voters deliver high-profile wins, defeats
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 | 11:36 AM ET
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Conservatives were celebrating the win of longtime member of the provincial legislature Fabian Manning. He won in the riding of Avalon, the seat vacated by former Liberal natural resources minister John Efford. Manning took the seat with just under 52 per cent of the vote.
In Nova Scotia, prominent Conservative Peter MacKay took his riding of Central Nova. He won with just under 41 per cent of the vote.
MacKay, Brison return
In Alberta, Liberal MP and cabinet minister Anne McLellan lost her seat. (CP Photo/Jason Scott)
MacKay's former leadership rival Scott Brison, originally elected as a Progressive Conservative, will also be returning as a Nova Scotia MP. Brison, who switched to the Liberals and became a cabinet minister, held onto his riding of Kings-Hants.
In Quebec, part of the Conservative tide saw the victory of Maxime Bernier, who won with 67 per cent of the vote in the riding of Beauce.
But for another known name in Quebec, Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau, there would be no election celebration. He ran as a Liberal candidate and lost in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges to the Bloc Québécois incumbent, Meili Faille.
Conservative Jim Flaherty
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew lost in Papineau to the Bloc's Vivian Barbot. And Heritage Minister Liza Frulla lost to the Bloc candidate Thierry St-Cyr in Jeanne-Le Ber.
Flaherty wins in Whitby-Oshawa
In Whitby-Oshawa in Ontario, Conservative Jim Flaherty was savouring victory. A former provincial finance minister, Flaherty's been touted by many for a possible senior cabinet role under Harper.
Liberal Michael Ignatieff at his election headquarters in Toronto Monday Jan. 23. (CP Photo/Derek Oliver)
In Toronto, Olivia Chow, the wife of NDP Leader Jack Layton, was cheering her victory in Trinity-Spadina over Liberal incumbent Tony Ianno. The hotly contested fight – Chow's third try to take the seat will make her and Layton only the second married couple to sit as MPs in the House of Commons.
And Belinda Stronach, the Conservative who crossed the floor last spring to become a Liberal cabinet minister, won re-election in her home riding of Newmarket-Aurora.
But for veteran broadcaster Peter Kent in the Toronto riding of St. Paul's, a win was not in the cards. The Conservative candidate lost to Liberal incumbent Carolyn Bennett.
Liberal candidate Belinda Stronach after winning the Newmarket-Aurora riding, election night, Monday, Jan. 23. (CP Photo/Nathan Denette)
And another high-profile name, Al Gretzky, the uncle of hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky, went down to defeat. Gretzky failed to take the riding of London West, losing to Sue Barnes, the Liberal incumbent.
Ignatieff savours victory
Meanwhile, Liberal candidate Michael Ignatieff roared to victory in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. The Harvard academic secured a win with just under 44 per cent of the vote.
NDP candidate Svend Robinson concedes defeat in Vancouver Centre, Monday, Jan. 23. (CP Photo/Chuck Stoody)
Green Party Leader Jim Harris was the only major party leader to not win a seat. He came in fourth in the Toronto riding of Beaches-East York, taking only 6.1 per cent of the vote and losing to the Liberal incumbent, Maria Minna. Former Ontario MPP Marilyn Churley, running for the NDP, also failed to win a seat in that riding, coming in second.
Liberal House leader Tony Valeri lost in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek to New Democrat Wayne Marston.
Schreyer, Alcock lose in Manitoba
In Manitoba, Treasury Board president Reg Alcock lost in Winnipeg South. Tory Rod Bruinooge took 41.4 per cent of the vote there, narrowly beating Alcock who garnered 41.2 per cent.
And another well-known name, former governor general Ed Schreyer, was unsuccessful in his bid to gain an NDP seat in the Manitoba riding of Selkirk-Interlake. Conservative incumbent James Bezan kept the seat.
In the Saskatchewan riding of Regina-Qu'Appelle, veteran NDP member Lorne Nystrom went down to defeat. He lost to Conservative Andrew Scheer, who won with just over 41 per cent of the vote.
In Alberta, Liberal MP and cabinet minister Anne McLellan lost her seat as a blue Tory tide swept across the province. Her riding of Edmonton Centre went to Tory challenger, former fighter pilot Laurie Hawn.
In the Western Arctic, Liberal Ethel Blondin-Andrew lost to the NDP's Dennis Bevington.
Fry beats Robinson
The NDP's Svend Robinson was also unable to win a seat. He lost in Vancouver Centre to the Liberal incumbent, Hedy Fry, who took the riding with just under 44 per cent of the vote.
And another NDP stalwart Ian Waddell lost his bid to take the Vancouver riding of Vancouver Kingsway. Waddell was defeated by Liberal incumbent David Emerson.
The New Democrats were, however, able to take the riding of Surrey North, which had been was left vacant following the death of Independent MP Chuck Cadman. The new MP will be Penny Priddy, who solidly took the riding with over 45 per cent of the vote.