Polls across Alberta have closed and after a month of the candidates hitting the pavement, kissing babies and drinking Tim Hortons, the final numbers show Alison Redford and her Progressive Conservatives will continue their dynasty.
This month, Alberta experienced one of the most contentious provincial election campaigns in recent memory. Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Party, who is a self-confessed libertarian, led Progressive Conservative Premier Alison Redford in the polls during the entire campaign trail.
Although the Wildrose experienced some minor setbacks, such as the one Wildrose candidate who said gays will burn in hell for eternity and another candidate who claimed he can speak better for the community because he is white, Smith has been able to gain considerable traction throughout Alberta and her party’s libertarian/conservative viewpoints.
With much of the precinct results pouring in, it can be confirmed that Redford and her PCs will form a majority government. This surprise win comes as most pundits and polls suggested Smith and her Wildrose would win at least a minority government.
Danielle Smith - Wildrose Party: 34.5 percent | 17 seats
Alison Redford - Progressive Conservatives: 43.9 percent | 61 seats
Raj Sherman - Liberal Party: eight percent | four seats
Brian Mason - New Democratic Party: 9.9 percent | four seats
Glenn Taylor - Alberta Party: 1.2 percent | zero seats
Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Party
Below are the results from the ridings the five provincial party leaders are running in.
Alison Redford – Progressive Conservative (incumbent): 58 percent | 9,369 votes (elected)
Beena Ashar – Liberal: 5.7 percent | 929 votes
James Cole – Wildrose: 28 percent | 4,530 votes
William Hamilton – Evergreen: 1.21 | 196 votes
Craig Coolahan – New Democratic Party: 4.26 percent | 687 votes
Greg Clark – Alberta Party: 2.66 percent | 429 votes
Danielle Smith – Wildrose: 52.4 percent | 9,894 votes (elected)
John Barlow – PC: 42.6 percent | 8,058 votes
Keegan Gibson – Liberal: 2.9 percent | 547 votes
Miles Dato – NDP: 2.06 percent | 389 votes
Raj Sherman – Liberal (incumbent): 35.49 percent | 5,150 votes (elected)
Bob Maskell – PC: 34.67 percent | 5,032 votes
Bridget Stirling – NDP: 7.52 percent | 1,091 votes
Rick Newcombe – Wildrose: 20.2 | 2,978 votes
Neil Mather – Alberta Party: 1.8 percent | 262 votes
Brian Mason – NDP (incumbent): 54.6 percent | 5,987 votes (elected)
Cris Basualdo – PC: 22.4 percent | 2,456 votes
Keegan Wynychuk – Liberal: 4.52 percent | 492 votes
Wayde Lever – Wildrose: 15.34 percent | 1,682 votes
Dari Lynn – Evergreen: 1.5 percent | 164 votes
Cam McCormick – Alberta Party: 1.58 percent | 173 votes
Glenn Taylor – Alberta Party: 16.99 percent | 1,668 votes
Robin Campbell – PC (incumbent): 44.84 percent | 4,405 votes (elected)
Michael Martyna – Liberal: 3.16 percent | 310 votes
Barry Madsen – NDP: 8.09 percent | 794 votes
Stuart Taylor - Wildrose: 26.91 percent | 2,642 votes