WATCH ABOVE: Voters sent the Trudeau Liberal Government a strong message by overwhelmingly endorsing Conservative candidates. Gary Bobrovitz reports.
Voters hit hard by falling oil prices and job losses sent the Trudeau Liberal Government a strong message by overwhelmingly endorsing Conservative candidates in two Calgary byelections.
In Calgary Heritage, Bob Benzen was leading with about 70 per cent of the vote, well clear of the Liberals’ Scott Forsyth at 22.6 per cent.
In Calgary Midnapore, Conservative Stephanie Kusie cruised to an easy win, posting 76.5 per cent of the vote with just over half of polls reporting, leaving her closest rival Liberal candidate Haley Brown at 17.6 per cent.
The ridings were left vacant when former prime minister Stephen Harper and former Conservative MP Jason Kenney stepped down.
Advance polls for both ridings were held on March 24, 25, 26 and 27.
In total, five seats were up for grabs in the byelection, including two in Ontario and one in Quebec.
Calgary-Heritage candidate list:
Khalis Ahmed – New Democratic Party
Bob Benzen – Conservative Party of Canada
Scott Forsyth – Liberal Party of Canada
Stephen J. Garvey – National Advancement Party of Canada
Darcy Gerow – Libertarian Party of Canada
Taryn Knorren – Green Party of Canada
Jeff Willerton – Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Calgary-Midnapore candidate list:
Haley Brown – Liberal Party of Canada
Kulbir Singh Chawla – National Advancement Party of Canada
Larry R. Heather – Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Holly Heffernan – New Democratic Party
Stephanie Kusie – Conservative Party of Canada
Ryan Zedic – Green Party of Canada
-With files from Melissa Gilligan