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Weston re-elected in Conservative Sweep

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



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Weston also pointed to the Democratic Representation Act, which died on the table when the last election was called. That Act would add additional seats to B.C. in the House of Commons, based on the growing population.

As the MP for the largest riding in Canada by population - and one of the most diverse with urban West Vancouver, Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast - Weston acknowledges that the bill could ultimately change this riding.

"I would have mixed emotions about that," he said. "I have a lot of deep-seated relationships in the communities, I love being the MP for this incredible riding, but at the same time I want to see more representation for B.C. in the House of Commons."

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.

Although he had big shoes to fill in the riding with the elder Strahl holding the post through six election cycles, starting in 1993, Marc Strahl said this election was about policies.

"For the most part the campaign wasn't about personalities, it was about policies and that resonated right across the riding," he told Pique on Tuesday.

"Whether we were talking about the economy, or focusing on jobs or keeping taxes low; or getting tough on crime, or getting rid of the long-gun registry, or improving health care, we tried to focus on policy. The other parties tried to focus on personality, but that's not where the voters were in this election. They were concerned about the things the Conservative Party is concerned about."

Strahl said that most of the local issues revolved around those same national issues, but that he's looking forward to working with local governments to champion their issues in the House of Commons.

"I think that local government is the best way to determine the needs of each community, and I'm looking forward to working with Mayor (Jordan) Sturdy and others through the riding and taking their concerns to Ottawa."

Like Weston, Strahl was humbled by the volunteer support he received. While he had some name recognition working for him, he also had just over five weeks to make his case to the public.

"We had to throw together a campaign team in short order," he said. "I was nominated four days before the election started, but I had enthusiastic volunteers working for me. I've also been part of a number of campaigns before, so I was able to hit the ground running."