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Weston re-elected in Conservative Sweep

Harper wins majority government; NDP rise, Liberals sink and Bloc destroyed



It was an election for the record books.

Riding a wave of blue, the Conservative Party of Canada swept into office to establish their first majority government since 2004.

John Weston, the Conservative Member of Parliament for the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country riding, was swept along with them.

The preliminary results give the Conservative Party 167 seats out of 308 in the house, 13 more than they needed for a majority. They also earned 39.2 per cent of the popular vote.

The NDP placed second for the first time ever with 30.6 per cent of the vote, polling especially strong in Quebec where the separatist Bloc Quebecois saw their share of seats in the House of Commons drop from 49 to four. The NDP will form the official opposition with 102 seats, up from 37 after the 2008 election.

The Liberal Party also dropped from 77 seats to just 34.

The Green Party have at last achieved official party status after leader Elizabeth May was elected in the Saanich-Gulf Islands Riding - unseating former Olympic minister Gary Lunn.

Of the 63,117 votes cast in Whistler's riding, John Weston received 28,711, or roughly 45.5 per cent of the popular vote.

The Liberal Party and NDP were close, with the NDP's Terry Platt winning 14,812 votes (23.5 per cent) and Liberal Dan Veniez winning 14,103 votes (22.3 per cent). The Green Party earned 4,597 votes or 7.3 per cent, while the other five parties - Libertarian, Marxist-Leninist, Canadian Action Party, Western Block Party and Canadian Progressive Party - combined for less than 1,000 total votes.

In Pemberton's riding, Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, the win went to Mark Strahl, the son of retiring MP Chuck Strahl, with 57.2 per cent of the popular vote. NDP candidate Gwen Mahoney won 25.7 per cent of the vote, followed by Liberal Diane Janzen with 10.8.