UCP hold on to seats in Alberta byelection

By The Canadian Press
July 13, 2018 - 5:20am

Edmonton, AB - Alberta's Opposition United Conservatives have won two byelections, maintaining hold of ridings the party represented before the vote was called.

In Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, United Conservative candidate Devin Dreeshen took about 80 per cent of the vote with the NDP's Nicole Mooney running a distant second.

The United Conservative margin of victory in Fort McMurray-Conklin was almost as one-sided, with Laila Goodridge winning about 70 per cent of the votes with most polls reporting.

New Democrat Jane Stroud was second with about 25 per cent of the ballots.

The results Thursday will not change the balance of power in the legislature since Premier Rachel Notley's NDP holds 54 of the 87 seats.

The winning candidates will have to run again in less than a year when the spring 2019 general election is called.


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