With 85 per cent of the vote, Damien Kurek has won the Battle River-Crowfoot constituency, claiming his seat on Parliament Hill.
He broke the 50,000 vote ceiling, taking over 85 per cent.
He and his loyal followers celebrated the evening, Mon. Oct. 21 in Camrose at a watch party at the Norseman Inn.
The Consort native was deeply proud and elated with the results.
“It’s a real honour to be elected the Member of Parliament in Battle River-Crowfoot. Over the last close to six months I’ve been working hard for first in the nomination and then in the general election and this is the local result we had hoped for,” said Kurek in an interview with the ECA Review.
“It’s very humbling to have received a strong mandate to be able to represent the people of Battle River-Crowfoot going forward in Parliament.”
Kurek will be sticking to his values of “common-sense conservative ideas, the principles of good governance, and strong representation” when it comes time to speak in Ottawa.
“Those things resonated and I look forward to being able to make sure that those things are represented in Parliament going forward,” said Kurek.
Kurek found the casting of the ballot one of the most surreal experiences out of the campaign.
“I’ve been passionate about politics for a long time and I think that this morning when my wife and I took our two young sons to the polling station, I looked at that ballot and my name was on it. It was quite an experience, not just that my name was on it but the fact that a kid from a small town involved in a family farm has the opportunity to get involved in our country and that every person across Canada has that same opportunity to cast that ballot to get involved in that democrativ process. That is significant and it’s something that really, really struck me today as has struck me at different points in the campaign,” he said.
Over the next few days, Kurek and his team will be preparing for his establishment.
Everything from office spaces to determining future goals and policies and when parliament resumes are all apart of this process.
“When your break it down, the result of the election – although it certainly is not what conservatives had hoped for, it’s a clear message to the Trudeau Liberal government that there are serious questions that there has to be answered for.
“Going from a strong majority to a minority speaks to the need for those questions to be answered and certainly I will be ensuring those issues which are the concerns that I hear about on a daily basis from constituents,” he continued.
Although the tories had a stronghold in Alberta and Saskatchewan, the liberals took a minority government with 156 seats while the NDP claimed 24, Green Party took 3 and Bloc Quebecois took 32 seats.
The People’s Party of Canada did not gain any seats this election, including its leader Maxime Bernier.
170 seats are needed for a majority government.
The Conservatives kept the Liberals at bay by taking 122 seats.
For Red Deer-Mountain View, Earl Dreeshen was re-elected.
Conservative member Blaine Calkins took Red Deer-Lacombe and Martin Shields, another conservative, claimed the Bow River riding.