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Foothills sends John Barlow back to Ottawa

Conservative John Barlow will return to Ottawa as the Member of Parliament for the Foothills riding.

Barlow will be part of the Official Opposition as Justin Trudeau and the Liberals managed to form another minority government in Monday’s

federal election.

According to Elections Canada on Tuesday, Barlow received 42,648 votes on Monday. In second place was New Democrat Michelle Traxel with 6,778 votes, followed by the People’s Party of Canada’s Daniel Hunter with 5,003, Liberal Paula Shimp with 4,218, the Maverick Party’s Josh Wylie with 2,180, and Green Party candidate Brett Rogers with 770 votes.

In the Foothills riding, ballots were cast by 61,597 out of 88,559 registered voters. That’s a turnout of close to 70 per cent.

Elections Canada on Tuesday reported the Liberals leading in 158 ridings, the Conservatives ahead in 119, Bloc Quebcois leading in 34, New Democrats ahead in 25 and the Green Party ahead in two ridings.

In 2019 the Liberals won 157 seats, the Conservatives won 121, the Bloc Quebecois won 32, the New Democrats won 24 and the Green Party won three seats.

Trudeau was undeterred Monday night, even though he failed by 12 seats to gain the majority government he

anticipated when the election was called.

“You are sending us back with a clear mandate to get Canada through this pandemic into the brighter days ahead,” Trudeau said. “That’s exactly what we are ready to do.”

Trudeau said Canadians chose a “progressive plan” on Monday, one geared to end the pandemic, bring action on climate change, implement $10 a day child care, create affordable housing for the middle class and continue the shared journey on the path to reconciliation.

“As Canadians, you have elected parliamentarians to deliver on all this and our team, our government, is ready,” Trudeau said.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole saw his party possibly lose two seats and fail in its bid to form the government, but he vowed Monday to keep working and preparing to lead the party in the next election, which he predicted could come as early as 18 months from now.

“Five weeks ago Mr. Trudeau asked for a majority,” O’Toole said. “He said the minority parliament was unworkable. But tonight Canadians did not give Mr. Trudeau the majority mandate he wanted. In fact, Canadians sent him back with another minority at the cost of $600-million and deeper divisions in our great country.”

O’Toole said Canada faces its most serious economic challenge since the Great Depression with inflation rising and the cost of goods steadily increasing.

“To meet those challenges we have to work together,” O’Toole said. “We have to keep fighting.”

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