The Conservative Party will hold onto its seat in the constituency of Sturgeon River-Parkland.
Dane Lloyd of the Conservative Party won a landslide victory in a byelection Monday night for the federal seat with 77.4 per cent of the total votes.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a visit to the riding over the weekend but could only push Brian Gold of the Liberal Party into second place with 12 per cent. Shawna Gawreluck of the NDP finished with 7.7 per cent. Christian Heritage Party candidate Ernest Chauvet placed last with 2.9 per cent.
Lloyd will replace Rona Ambrose, former interim Conservative Party leader who stepped down from her seat in July.
Lloyd celebrated his win at Sorrentino’s in Stony Plain with his supporters. He said that the win was a dream come true.
Despite the riding being a Conservative stronghold, Lloyd said that he ran the entire race like he was “10 points behind.”
“It’s such a relief and I’m so proud and so honoured to stand and be the representative for this community,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said his first priority is to advocate for victims of crime by introducing “no body no parole” legislation. The law would require convicted killers to reveal the location of the bodies of their victims before they are granted parole.
“If I need to introduce a private member’s bill, I will. I will certainly working with the Senate, working with the Liberal Party or the New Democratic Party to get this legislation passed as quickly as possible,” Lloyd said.
The Trinity Western graduate gained a passion for helping victims of crime while working with MP Michael Cooper, the current Opposition deputy justice critic.
Lloyd said he is ready to go to Ottawa and send a message to the government to not take Alberta for granted.
“This is the economic engine of this country. People here, like they do across the country, work hard and they want a government that will create opportunities for them,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd is a resident of Sturgeon County and just finished training in New Brunswick to become a fully qualified lieutenant officer in the armed forces reserves.
He comes from a family of farmers who have lived in the region for generations. He was born and raised in St. Albert and has lived and worked in Ottawa for the last few years. He now lives on his family farm outside of Spruce Grove.
At 26 years old, Lloyd will be the second youngest MP. Pierre-Luc Dusseault of the NDP is roughly three months younger than Lloyd.
“I’m young but I’ve had my eye on the ball for a long time. I really didn’t think this opportunity was going to come this soon. I don’t view myself beneath any other politician. I think if you work hard you can do great things,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said that he has already chosen his staff and will be retaining Ambrose’s team so he can hit the ground running.
The Sturgeon River-Parkland riding was created in 2011 from the ridings of Edmonton-Spruce Grove, Westlock-St. Paul and Yellowhead. Each of the ridings has been a conservative stronghold with members being elected from the Conservative, Canadian Alliance, Reform and Progressive Conservative parties dating back to 1979.
The byelection fell just one week after municipal elections across Alberta and five days before the provincial conservatives (UCP) select their new leader.
Voter turnout was just under 24 per cent for a total of 20,844 votes cast.
Dane Lloyd: 16,125 votes (77.4 per cent)
Brian Gold: 2,508 votes (12 per cent)
Shawna Gawreluck: 1, 606 votes (7.7 per cent)
Ernest Chalet: 605 votes (2.9 per cent)