Both Conservatives, NDP gain in Manitoba
The Conservatives added one seat in Manitoba from 2006, with the party taking nine seats this time around, Tuesday night's federal election results showed.
The Tories took nine seats, the NDP four (up by one from 2006) and the Liberals one, down from their three in the last election. In the Winnipeg area, the Tories took four seats, the NDP three and the Liberals one.
Shelly Glover, a high-profile Winnipeg police spokesperson who is a 16-year veteran of the Winnipeg Police Service, won in St. Boniface against Liberal incumbent Raymond Simard
In the Kildonan-St. Paul riding, former Liberal candidate Lesley Hughes was hoping to win as an Independent, but she fell far short. Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion had fired Hughes in September over an article she wrote six years ago as a freelance journalist, suggesting Israeli intelligence warned the U.S. in advance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
Hughes was a distant third behind the Tories and NDP. Joy Smith won the riding for the Tories.
Treasury Board President Vic Toews won in Provencher.
Former pro athletes, Keeper lose
A couple of former pro athletes, meanwhile, failed in their bids to win seats.
In Winnipeg South Centre, former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Trevor Kennerd ran against Liberal incumbent Anita Neville. But Neville held her seat.
Longtime Winnipeg Jets captain Thomas Steen ran in Elmwood-Transcona against NDP candidate Jim Maloway, who won seven straight elections in the Manitoba legislature. Steen came up short, with Maloway declared the winner.
In Churchill, North of 60 star and incumbent Tina Keeper lost to NDP candidate Niki Ashton, who was back for a second run. Keeper had served as special adviser for aboriginal outreach, and served as public health critic as well as heritage critic, but ended up in a fight for second spot.
Rod Bruinooge in Winnipeg South had the smallest margin of victory on the Prairies when he bested former Liberal cabinet minister Reg Alcock in 2006, but this time around he defeated Liberal John Loewen, a former Manitoba MLA, by a margin of almost 5,000 votes.
With the majority of the polls reporting, the Tories managed to secure just under 49 per cent of the popular vote in Manitoba, with the NDP second at 24 per cent.