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Colin Piquette wins in Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, becoming the region’s first NDP candidate in decades. The Orange Crush has returned to Athabasca-Redwater for the first time in 26 years. The NDP’s Colin Piquette was the winner of the Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater electoral race Tuesday with about 40 per cent of the vote. Piquette unseated PC incumbent Jeff Johnson and beat Wildrose Party challenger Travis Olson to become the riding’s new MLA. “The room just erupted” when the results came in Tuesday at the Athabasca Train Station, Piquette said. Many long-time NDP supporters astonished that their party had won after so many years.
Wildrose candidate Glenn van Dijken takes Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock in Tuesday’s provincial election, ousting PC incumbent Maureen Kubinec. A Wildrose has bloomed in Morinville and swept away decades of PC government rule. Wildrose Party candidate Glenn van Dijken was the clear winner of the Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock election Tuesday night, trouncing opponents Tristan Turner (NDP) and incumbent Maureen Kubinec (PC) with about 40 per cent of the vote. He is now the MLA-elect for the riding. Despite netting almost half of the popular vote within an hour of the close of polls, van Dijken said he waited until almost 60 of the riding’s 87 polls before declaring victory.
Incumbent MLA concedes, offers congratulations to Marie Renaud. Stephen Khan was gracious in defeat as it became clear that Marie Renaud would be the new MLA for the St. Albert riding. “We know we’re not coming back,” Khan said at about 9:20 p.m. Khan said he continues to be proud of his record, and was looking for Renaud’s phone number to offer her "hearty congratulations." “I’m very proud of my time representing St. Albert and that doesn’t change,” Khan said. Khan was first elected in 2011. He was briefly a cabinet minister under Alison Redford and was appointed to Jim Prentice’s cabinet as service minister in September.
St. Albert could be considered a swing riding. The question is will it have swung again when the dust settles on May 5? The riding, which has been around for decades in one form or another, encompasses most of the city, minus the northwest corner. The last two MLAs for this riding have been Progressive Conservatives – Stephen Khan was elected in 2011, and Ken Allred in 2008. But it’s gone back and forth between PC MLAs and other parties since the Tories first swept to power in 1971, including PC MLA Ernest Jamison’s victory. Jamison was succeeded by Myrna Fyfe, also a PC, but the riding was lost to the NDP in 1986, regained by the PCs in 89, lost to Liberal Len Bracko in 1993, back to the Tories with Mary O’Neill for two terms, from 1997-2004 and Liberal Jack Flaherty won in 2004.