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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voters in four federal ridings pick new MP today in byelections

By Canadian Press. Published on Dec 11, 2017 4:38am


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets supporters during a rally for South Surrey-White Rock Liberal byelection candidate Gordie Hogg in Surrey, B.C., on Saturday, December 2, 2017. A federal byelection will be held Dec. 11 for the seat vacated by former Conservative MP Dianne Watts, who stepped down to run for the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck




The Trudeau government will get a chance to test its popularity today with four federal byelections.

The most heated race is the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock, where the Liberals are making a concerted effort to steal the seat from the Conservatives. Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer have campaigned in the riding, which was held by Tory MP Dianne Watts before she jumped to provincial politics.

The Conservatives have tried to stir up voter anger in the riding over the Liberal government’s tax reforms that include closing loopholes for small business owners.

The Conservatives are considered to be in the driver’s seat in the western Saskatchewan riding of Battlefords-Lloydminister, which has voted for right-wing parties since the 1990s.

The other two ridings, in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, are considered safe Liberal seats.

The riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity became vacant last summer when the province’s representative in the federal cabinet, Judy Foote, resigned for personal reasons. Foote had represented the area as a Liberal MP for the past decade.

The Toronto riding of Scarborough-Agincourt became vacant due to the death of Liberal backbencher Arnold Chan. It has been in Liberal hands since the ’80s.

The Saskatchewan seat became vacant this year when former Conservative cabinet minister Gerry Ritz left politics. In the last election the New Democrats were a distant second in Ritz’s riding and a distant third in the other three ridings.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh spent the day before the vote shaking hands and greeting voters at an outdoor shopping centre in Montreal, nowhere near any of the ridings in play. Singh declined to speculate on his party’s chances, saying only that he’d “called and spoken” to all his candidates and was happy with their campaigns.

“They’re running great campaigns and I’m confident they’re going to put up a good representation of our values and what we believe in,” Singh said Sunday.

The Liberals hold a comfortable majority in the House of Commons so the outcome of the races will have little effect on the balance of power.

https://ipolitics.ca/2017/12/11/voters-four-federal-ridings-pick-new-mp-today-byelections/
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the newfoundland by election has failed to generate a lot of interest , I think the fact Foote won by such a large margin in 2015 scared away higher profile opposition challengers and the opposition parties in Ottawa took a look at the numbers and decided to take a pass . its really a lost opportunity and the first chance since 2015 to break the liberal grip on the east coast but that seems unlikely to happen . )




Bonavista-Burin-Trinity Byelection Today

December 11, 2017 | 5:35 am


It’s election day in four ridings in Canada including one in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Three people are running to fill the void in the House of Commons created by the resignation of Liberal Judy Foote this fall in the riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity.

There are five candidates on the ballot, including Tyler Colbourne of the Green Party, Tyler Downey of the NDP, Liberal Churence Rogers, Shane Stapleton of the Libertarian Party, and Conservative Mike Windsor.

The other byelections are in B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario. The polls open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 8:30 p.m..

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the bc by election remains too close to call , both liberal and cpc campaigns have been very strong and brought in many high profile politicians to the riding , a riding that would normally not be visited by a party leader during a general election , in the end its likely the eventual winner takes the riding by a small margin of 5% or less )


Candidates campaign down to the wire in Monday's South Surrey-White Rock byelection


Cheryl Chan

Published on: December 10, 2017 | Last Updated: December 10, 2017 7:40 PM PST


Liberal Gordie Hogg (left) and Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay are the consensus frontrunners in the South Surrey-White Rock federal byelection, advance voting for which starts Friday. Byelection day is Dec. 11.



On the eve of Monday’s federal byelection in the riding of South Surrey-White Rock, the two front-runners in what is expected to be a tight race made their last-minute pitches to voters.

Both the Liberals’ Gordon Hogg and the Conservatives’ Kerry-Lynne Findlay campaigned down to the wire ahead of the byelection — one of four across Canada that could indicate which way federal political winds are blowing.

“We are going to work very hard to deliver every vote,” said Hogg, who spent Sunday door-knocking and doing a number of interviews. “We don’t take anything for granted.”

“It’s a very close race,” said Findlay, who started the day at church and a toy drive before doing her share of door-knocking.

Byelections tend to be a referendum on the governing party, and these fall about halfway through the Liberals’ term.

“It’s a road to 2019 for either party, and we hope to see the momentum coming out of a win here and carry us through to more seats in 2019 in B.C.,” said Findlay, who hopes to retain the riding for the Tories after Dianne Watts quit the seat earlier to year to pursue the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party.

The riding, created in 2012, encompasses areas that have traditionally swung Conservative. But as Trudeaumania hit B.C. in 2015, Watts, Surrey’s popular mayor, narrowly won the seat by a 1,439-margin over Liberal candidate Judy Higginbotham.

Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and opposition leader Andrew Scheer have visited Surrey twice during the campaign to stump for their candidates.

Hogg, who had served as councillor and mayor of White Rock and a five-term MLA and a cabinet minister, has an edge in name recognition. “I have lived in this community all my life,” he said. “I feel very fortunate to have a diverse and lengthy understanding of this community.”

But Findlay, who has the edge in experience in the federal political arena, believes voters are ready to return their Conservative roots.

“What I am hearing at the door from a number of people are Conservatives who voted with the Liberals last time because they believed in the promise of a different leader are now having buyer’s remorse,” she said.

Findlay represented Delta-Richmond East from 2011 to 2015 and was appointed minister of national revenue. She was unseated in the riding in 2015 by Liberal MP Carla Qualtrough.

Voters are concerned about Liberal policies that are seen as an attack on small businesses, cost of living, and affordability issues for seniors and working families, said Findlay, who vowed to hold Ottawa to account if elected.

“I believe they know I am a strong advocate as a lawyer and a mother of four and a former cabinet minister, they know I will stand up for them,” she said.

Hogg said voters he’s heard from are concerned about health care, home support, housing affordability, and transportation and environmental issues.

“Those issues I’m hearing as the most important are the ones we are addressing,” he said. “We’ve developed our platform growing out of the needs of this community and how that fits into national scale.’

The NDP, which placed a distant third in the riding in 2015, is represented by Jonathan Silveira, a real estate agent and founder of Surrey Kids Matter.

Other candidates include: Larry Colero (Green party), Michael Huenefeld (Progressive Canadian), Rod Taylor (Christian Heritage) and Donald Wilson (Libertarian).

The turnout for the byelection is expected to be lower than in 2015, when 56,850 ballots were cast. Elections Canada said 28 polling places will open in South Surrey-White Rock from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the sask by election hasn't generated a lot of attention , and in a surprising move the opposition leaders decided to not even visit the riding . Rosemary Falk is expected to hold the riding for the conservatives , likely by a fairly comfortable margin , the more interesting question might be who comes in second ? )



Byelection Day: Battlefords-Lloydminster federal seat up for grabs

5 candidates vying for the seat of former Conservative MP Gerry Ritz

CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2017 7:46 AM CT| Last Updated: Dec 11, 2017 7:46 AM CT

The seat was held by the now retired Gerry Ritz.


It's election day in the federal riding of Battlefords-Lloydminster.

Five candidates are vying to grab the seat held by former Conservative MP Gerry Ritz, who retired earlier this year.

Advanced polls were open at the beginning of the month, from Dec. 1 through the 4th.
■What to watch as Trudeau, Scheer face test in 4 byelections
■Candidates chosen in race to replace former Sask. MP Gerry Ritz

Voter's checklist
This is what you'll need to cast your ballot for the next MP of the Battlefords-Lloydminster riding. (Elections Canada)

The candidates are:
■Rosemarie Ashley Falk, Conservatives
■Matt Fedler, New Democratic Party
■Ken Finlayson, Independent
■Larry Ingram, Liberals
■Yvonne Potter-Pihach, Green Party

You can find your polling station here. Polls open at 8:30 a.m. CT and will remain open for 12 hours.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( this by election has generated some interested and most major leaders have visited the riding , the media and pundits seem unwilling to suggest anything but another large liberal win , some even suggesting there candidate get 60% of the vote . although I don't think those predictions are based in reality . considering the size of the conservative base in the riding and fact ndp is actually running a serious campaign . liberals are also bringing in a lot of outside help ( mp's and mpp's etc ) which seem odd considering its such a safe riding , leading me to sense its going to actually be closer than 2015 and possibly decided by 10% or less ,

Scarborough ridings seem to becoming more competitive once again , like they were in the 70's and 80's after a long period of not being competitive , think this is cause the conservatives and even ndp have made some inroads into the ethnic communities that were once solidly liberal but now seem willing to back other parties )




Federal byelection for Scarborough-Agincourt on Monday

A crucial seat is up for grabs in Scarborough-Agincourt with voters casting their ballots in the federal byelection on Monday. Nitish Bissonauth with the candidates vying to be the area’s next MP.

Dec 10, 2017, 11:33 PM


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the cbc's view of the scarborough by election

Scarborough-Agincourt votes in federal byelection

The byelection is 1 of 4 happening across Canada on Monday

CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2017 11:44 AM ET| Last Updated: Dec 11, 2017 2:51 PM ET

Residents in Scarborough-Agincourt are going to the polls on Monday in a federal byelection. The riding became vacant following the death of Liberal MP Arnold Chan from cancer at age 50 in September.


Residents in Scarborough-Agincourt are going to the polls on Monday in a federal byelection.

The riding became vacant following the death of Liberal MP Arnold Chan from cancer at age 50 in September.

Scarborough-Agincourt is one of four byelections being held in Canada on Monday.



The other byelections are occurring in Bonavista–Burin–Trinity in Newfoundland, Battlefords–Lloydminster in Saskatchewan, and South Surrey–White Rock in B.C.

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Liberal MP Arnold Chan, who died of cancer in September, is flanked by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, left, and MP Dominic LeBlanc, right, in the House of Commons on Sept. 15, 2014 in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Seven candidates, including two independents, are vying for the Scarborough-Agincourt seat.

The candidates include Chan's widow, Jean Yip, who is running for the Liberals. Banking professional Dasong Zou is running for the Conservatives.

Brian Chang is the NDP candidate. Michael DiPasquale is running for the Green Party, while Jude Coutinho is running for the Christian Heritage Party.

The independents include John "The Engineer" Turmel and Tom Zhu.

A total of 68,775 eligible to vote

The Liberals have held Scarborough-Agincourt for nearly 30 years. The Conservatives increased their vote share from 34 per cent in 2011, when the party won a majority government to 38 per cent in 2015, when the party returned to the opposition benches.

Elections Canada said there are 68,775 people eligible to vote.

Advance polls in the riding were held on December on December 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Chan had urged MPs to 'elevate our debate'

Chan was first elected to the riding in a byelection in 2014. Six months later, he was diagnosed with a rare type of head and neck cancer.

He endured six months of radiation and chemotherapy, but learned in March 2016 that his cancer had returned. Chan died on Sept. 14, 2017.

In his last speech in the House of Commons in June, Chan urged MPs to respect the institution of Parliament.

"I would ask all of us to elevate our debate, to elevate our practice," he said.

Chan also urged MPs to "listen to each other," and all Canadians to "give their heart to their democracy; that they treasure it, revere it."

Polls close at 9:30 p.m.

The riding runs from Victoria Park to Midland Avenues and from Highway 401 to Steeles Avenue.

Polls, which opened at 9:30 a.m, will close at 9:30 p.m.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some very early results for this riding , liberals ahead but cpc is at 27% which is a big improvement if that holds )


Bonavista—Burin—Trinity Party Candidate Votes Percent of Votes Bar graph of percentage of votes
Green Party Tyler Colbourne 6 2.6 %
NDP-New Democratic Party Tyler James Downey 5 2.2 %
Liberal Churence Rogers 152 66.4 %
Libertarian Shane Stapleton 3 1.3 %
Conservative Mike Windsor 63 27.5 %
Total number of valid votes: 229

Polls Reporting: 10 of 261 (3.83 %)
Voter Turnout: 229 of 58,771 registered electors (0.39 %) -- does not include electors who registered on election day.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( whats interesting is how bad the ndp is doing , only have 12 votes so far and were at 20 polls , there not even getting 1 vote per poll and might get beat by the greens and libertarians , Mike Windsor only got 10% in 2015 so he's doing a lot better )

Bonavista—Burin—Trinity Party

Candidate Votes Percent of Votes Bar graph of percentage of votes

Green Party Tyler Colbourne 13 2.1 %
NDP-New Democratic Party Tyler James Downey 12 1.9 %
Liberal Churence Rogers 399 64.0 %
Libertarian Shane Stapleton 11 1.8 %
Conservative Mike Windsor 188 30.2 %
Total number of valid votes: 623

Polls Reporting: 20 of 261 (7.66 %)
Voter Turnout: 623 of 58,771 registered electors (1.06 %) -- does not include electors who registered on election day.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( ndp are getting beat by the libertarian ? party which has 5% )

Bonavista—Burin—Trinity

Party Candidate Votes Percent of Votes Bar graph of percentage of votes

Green Party Tyler Colbourne 23 1.6 %
NDP-New Democratic Party Tyler James Downey 41 2.9 %
Liberal Churence Rogers 918 64.6 %
Libertarian Shane Stapleton 74 5.2 %
Conservative Mike Windsor 365 25.7 %
Total number of valid votes: 1,421

Polls Reporting: 35 of 261 (13.41 %)
Voter Turnout: 1,421 of 58,771 registered electors (2.42 %) -- does not include electors who registered on election day.
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( a cpc mp is in the sask riding and says turnout has been very low so far )


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Making calls on behalf of this nice Lady. Turn out so far is very low so please get out and vote!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the liberals have won this by election as expected , although a much lower turnout than last election , cpc % of the vote ) went from 10% to 22% but actual number of votes did not increase from 2015 )

Bonavista—Burin—Trinity

Party Candidate Votes Percent of Votes Bar graph of percentage of votes
Green Party Tyler Colbourne 136 1.1 %
NDP-New Democratic Party Tyler James Downey 585 4.7 %
Liberal Churence Rogers 8,605 69.2 %
Libertarian Shane Stapleton 257 2.1 %
Conservative Mike Windsor 2,848 22.9 %
Total number of valid votes: 12,431

Polls Reporting: 257 of 261 (98.47 %)
Voter Turnout: 12,431 of 58,771 registered electors (21.15 %) -- does not include electors who registered on election day.
Population: 76,704
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Liberals stage byelection upset, winning three of four


Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 7:42PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:53AM EST


OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau's Liberals scored another byelection upset Monday, snatching the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock away from the Conservatives.

Gordie Hogg won the riding with 47.5 per cent of the vote, just five percentage points ahead of Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay, a former Harper-era cabinet minister who represented a neighbouring riding for one term before being defeated in 2015. The New Democrat took less than five per cent of the vote.

It's the first time in 70 years that a Liberal has represented any portion of the riding, the boundaries of which have changed a number of times.


Hogg's squeaker victory marks the second upset win for the governing Liberals in as many months. They stole a riding in Quebec's nationalist heartland away from the Tories in a byelection in October.

For Andrew Scheer, the outcome marks the second byelection loss since he became Conservative leader in May.

There was some consolation for Scheer in three other federal byelections Monday, in which the Liberals retained safe seats in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, while the Conservatives held onto one of their own safe seats in Saskatchewan. In all three of those ridings, the Tory share of the vote increased by anywhere from two to 13 points over 2015, while the Liberal share declined.

There was no consolation for newly-minted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. His party's share of the vote declined in all four ridings.

Only in South Surrey-White Rock was the result ever in any doubt.

The riding was left vacant after Conservative MP Dianne Watts resigned to run for the leadership of the B.C. Liberals. Watts, a high-profile former mayor of Surrey, narrowly won the seat in 2015 with 44 per cent of the vote, less than 1,500 votes ahead of the Liberal contender.

Hogg, a former mayor of White Rock and a former B.C. MLA, essentially reversed the 2015 result, eking out a narrow victory of 1,600 votes over Findlay.

Scheer, who campaigned with Findlay twice, had billed the contest as a chance for voters to send "a mid-term signal, that what the Liberals have been doing for Canadians hasn't been working."

Findlay dismissed suggestions that Monday's loss is a reflection of Scheer's leadership.

"What I've been hearing is they like Andrew ... People seem to enjoy his positive Conservative message and his approach," she said in a phone interview, adding that voters were concerned about "the Ottawa Liberals' higher taxes and low ethics."

She put the loss down to the fact that Prime Minister Trudeau called a "snap byelection" in the riding, before she'd even been nominated as the candidate, which cost her a week of the five-week campaign.

"I just think we didn't have enough time."

There was some solace for Scheer in the safe Tory riding of Battlefords-Lloydminster in Saskatchewan, where Conservative Rosemarie Falk captured 69.6 per cent of the vote - more than 55 points ahead of any of her competitors and an eight-point improvement over veteran Conservative MP Gerry Ritz, who had held the riding for 20 years before retiring last summer.

The NDP ran a distant second in the riding Monday, as it did in 2015, scoring 13.2 per cent, just ahead of the Liberal, who took 10.4 per cent.

In Toronto's Scarborough-Agincount, meanwhile, Liberal Jean Yip captured 49.4 per cent of the vote to hold the riding left vacant by the untimely death of her husband, Arnold Chan, in September. Conservative Dasong Zou took 40.5 per cent while the NDP contender took just five per cent.

Yip acknowledged her victory was "somewhat bittersweet."

"Every step of the campaign, I thought of (Chan) and I knew he would've enjoyed it and sometimes I would turn around and I would want to ask him something and he's not there," she said in an interview.

"I think he would be so happy though," she added.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, fellow Liberal Churence Rogers easily retained Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, the safest Liberal seat in the country. The former head of the province's federation of municipalities captured 69.2 per cent of the vote - 46 percentage points ahead of his nearest competitor, Conservative Mike Windsor.

Windsor, who ran in 2015, nevertheless managed to double his share of the vote to 22.9 per cent, while the NDP candidate finished a distant third with less than five per cent.

As impressive as Roger's margin of victory was, he did not meet the standard set by his popular Liberal predecessor, Judy Foote, who retired from cabinet and federal politics due to family health concerns. She won the strongest majority in the country during the 2015 election, taking a whopping 81.8 per cent of the vote.

Monday's byelections marked the second electoral test for Scheer and Singh.

Neither fared particularly well in their first test in October, when the Liberals scored a stunning upset over the Conservatives in the Quebec riding of Lac-Saint-Jean. The NDP, which had finished a close second in the riding in 2015, wound up a distant fourth.

In all six byelections since Singh took the helm of the NDP in early October, the party has seen its share of the vote decline.

Of Monday's outcomes, the result in Scarborough-Agincourt is likely the most worrying for New Democrats.

The riding has a predominantly immigrant population, including a sizeable South Asian population - the kind of riding where the NDP hopes Singh can make inroads in the next federal election Moreover, Singh grew up in Scarborough.

Nevertheless, the party saw its share of the vote in the riding drop to about five per cent Monday, down three points from its already dismal showing in 2015.


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Without harping on the BC loss;

My goodness the NDP is a mess.
If the Green Party opted for a less extreme leader they could easily replace the NDP as the third party in the Commons if things don't turn around.

The LPC has zero competition for left of center votes.
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Without harping on the BC loss;

My goodness the NDP is a mess.
If the Green Party opted for a less extreme leader they could easily replace the NDP as the third party in the Commons if things don't turn around.

The LPC has zero competition for left of center votes.



this may seem bizarre but I could envision a scenario where Jagmeet Singh doesn't even get to sit in the house as ndp leader .

lets say he doesn't decide to run in a safe ndp riding before the 2019 election and then decides to run in the 905 or Brampton . that's looking like less and less of a sure thing ,when you consider the ndp got under 5% of the vote in the 2 most recent by elections in this region
and the federal ndp is currently less popular than the provincial ndp when he won his seat in Brampton

even his name recognition and being a former mpp might not be enough to guarantee a win against whats likely to be a tough race against a liberal incumbent as none of the Brampton mp's are likely to retire in 2019

what happens to the ndp if he doesn't win a seat in 2019 ? and there overall seat count goes down ? its going to be a mess
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Rosemarie Falk captures Battlefords-Lloydminster by-election

John Cairns , Staff Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist

December 12, 2017 12:24 PM


Rosemarie Falk at her victory celebration in Lloydminster on hearing news that she has won the by-election. Photograph By John Cairns


Rosemarie Falk is the winner in the Battlefords-Lloydminster federal by-election.

She was one of five by-election contenders: the others were Larry Ingram of the Liberals, Matt Fedler of the NDP, Yvonne Potter Pihach of the Greens and independent Ken Finlayson.

With 138 of 138 polls reporting, and 8,665 of the 12,889 votes cast, Falk is a clear winner with a 69.6 per cent of the total vote.

The runner up was Fedler, who had 1,698 votes, 13.2 per cent of the vote.

Coming in third was Ingram with 1,345 votes, 10.4 per cent.

Fourth was Finlayson was 681, 5.5 per cent, and, finally, Potter-Pihach had 200, 1.6 per cent of the vote.

The total vote was 12,889 out of 47,651 registered electors, or 27.05 per cent (not including those who registered election day).

Notably, Falk’s overall percentage of the popular vote -- almost 70 percent -- was the best result for the Conservatives since the riding was created in 1997.

Meanwhile, the NDP vote fell over four percent from 2015; the Liberal vote fell by over six percent.

Falk, a social worker who also has experience on staff on Parliament Hill, celebrated in her home city of Lloydminster on election night. Her celebration at Travelodge Lloydminster included several members of her family as well as party supporters and other elected officials from the community, including Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young and mayor Gerald Aalbers.

In her victory statement, Falk thanked the constituents of Battlefords-Lloydminster “for placing their trust in me for serving with honesty, integrity and respect.”

She also thanked her husband Adam, and her two children, as well as her team of volunteers.

In speaking to the News-Optimist, Falk said she was “elated. I feel very honored to represent the people of Battlefords-Lloydminster in the House of Commons.”

As for the size of her victory, Falk attributed it to the voters of Battlefords-Lloydminster “being sick and tired of what the Prime Minister is doing, and they want change. They don’t want what’s in Ottawa right now with Prime Minister Trudeau.”

Falk also outlined the message she took away from the voters on the issues.

“People are concerned about the legalization of marijuana; our carbon tax, people do not want to pay a carbon tax, you’re paying enough taxes as it is with everything being inflated,” said Falk

“Whatever the people want, I’m here to serve the people and I’m here to serve the constituents of Battlefords-Lloydminster. Ultimately, I have to listen to them to be an accurate advocate.”

Falk’s victory comes after a remarkably short campaign period of 36 days. It was also a late-starting campaign as Falk captured her party’s nomination on Nov. 11, just a month prior to the vote.

The nomination was also not without some controversy as Finlayson was left off the Conservative nomination ballot; according to party officials, he was rejected because of an incomplete nomination application. Finlayson decided to run as an independent soon after.

The Liberal campaign had made a particular push, bringing in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a rally in North Battleford on Thursday.

Despite that effort, it failed to produce a changeover in a riding held by Gerry Ritz for 20 years.

The Trudeau visit may have even served as additional motivation for the other parties. Falk said she believed Trudeau’s visit “rallied our Conservative people to come out and vote.”

Falk has pledged to “hit the ground running” as MP. The early indication is that Falk would head to Ottawa right away “so I could try and catch some of this last session, and get working right away.”

The new MP also indicated the constituency office would be in North Battleford for at least the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately for the Conservatives, Falk’s success in Battlefords-Lloydminster was their only win in the four federal by-elections held Dec. 11. The Liberals captured the three other seats in Newfoundland, metro Toronto and in BC, taking away a seat there that had been by the Conservatives.

For complete results visit the Elections Canada website at http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx.

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