NDP Leader Brian Mason glides to victory
New Democrats hope to double number of seats
A happy NDP Leader Brian Mason welcomed two more members to his caucus Monday night.
"At the risk of repeating myself, we're going to need a slightly bigger phone booth," he said to his supporters.
NDP candidate Deron Bilous was leading Tory incumbent Tony Vandermeer in Edmonton–Beverly–Clareview, while David Eggen was ahead by a couple hundred votes in his battle with Tory Bev Esslinger in Edmonton–Calder.
"There are a few others I would have liked to have joined us in the legislature," Mason said, noting that the party won more votes in many ridings than ever before.
But he vowed a renewed NDP opposition in the Alberta legislature, fighting for fairly priced electricity, enhanced public healthcare, more jobs and a cleaner environment.
Mason acknowledged his surprise as he congratulated PC Leader Alison Redford.
"I never thought it was going to happen," he said. "You can never count the PCs out."
Mason easily won his Edmonton–Highlands–Norwood seat, as did NDP incumbent Rachel Notley in Edmonton–Strathcona
If Eggen holds on, it will be the second time he will represent the NDP in the legislature, after winning in 2004 but losing his seat in 2008.
- An earlier version of the story described Deron Bilous as a first-time candidate. Bilous ran in Edmonton Centre in 2008.Apr 24, 1970 9:30 AM CT