Manitoba election: 10 wins, losses, surprises on election day
There were a number of surprise wins, losses and seats that changed hands in Manitoba on election day.
- Brian Pallister's PCs win majority government in Manitoba
- Selinger resigns as NDP leader after big loss to PCs
- Manitoba Liberals win 3 seats in provincial election
Here's a smattering in no particular order:
The orange stronghold of Selkirk turned blue Tuesday night. Progressive Conservative candidate Alan Lagimodiere won the constituency, ending NDP candidate and former finance minister Greg Dewar's term in office.
Brandon East, a constituency that has been NDP orange for half a century, turned Tory blue this time around.NDP candidate Drew Caldwell lost his seat, which he'd held since 1999.
Manitoba Liberal Party Leader Rana Bokhari came in third, behind PC candidate Audrey Gordon in second place and NDP candidate Wab Kinew in first.
"I'm feeling humbled," Kinew, a former CBC broadcaster and university administrator, said Tuesday night. "I feel as though I am a good person to represent the area.… I know that I am going to have to work very hard over the coming years."
Kinew won with 37 per cent of the vote, compared to Gordon's 27 per cent and Bokhari's 21 per cent. Bokhari said it's too early to say whether she will stay on as leader.
Nahanni Fontaine, the province's former special advisor on aboriginal women's issues, took the St. Johns constituency. She won with about 37 per cent of voter support, with PC candidate Barbara Judt coming in behind with about 29 per cent of the vote.
Fontaine ran for the NDP nomination after former justice minister Gord Mackintosh announced he would not seek re-election in the constituency.
Transcona, another longtime NDP constituency, turned blue Tuesday. PC candidate Blair Yakimoski won with roughly 49 per cent of the vote, compared to NDP candidate Barb Burkowski's roughly 29 per cent.
Former cabinet minister and Manitoba Child and Family Services minister Kerri Irvin-Ross lost her seat in Fort Richmond to the Tories — a seat she had held for 13 years.
The PCs' Sarah Guillemard took the constituency with 44 per cent of the vote, compared to Irvin-Ross's 35 per cent.
Eric Robinson lost his position as cabinet minister Tuesday as the Liberals ousted the Kewatinook NDP MLA.
Liberal candidate Judy Klassen took the constituency with 49 per cent of the vote to Robinson's 39 per cent.
Kelly Bindle and the PCs took Thompson. With 45 per cent of the vote, Bindle snatched up a constituency that belonged to former cabinet minister Steve Ashton, who claimed 39 per cent of the vote.
Former health and cabinet minister Sharon Blady lost in Kirkfield Park, a constituency the NDP candidate narrowly won (by just 21 votes) in 2011.
Kirkfield, generally considered a conservative constituency, is Tory blue again, after PC candidate and former city councillor Scott Fielding won with 53 per cent of the vote Tuesday.
NDP candidate and former cabinet minister Dave Chomiak handed over the Kildonan constituency to PC candidate Nic Curry. Curry took 45 per cent of the vote; Chomiak ended up with 36 per cent.