The Conservative candidates in the ridings of Abbotsford and Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon (MMFC) were both declared winners before 8:45 p.m. on Monday night.
Veteran MP Ed Fast (Abbotsford) and first-timer Brad Vis (MMFC) both took dominant early leads and retained them.
Fast showed up at his election-night headquarters at the Sandman Inn in Abbotsford at about 8:45 p.m.
Many of his supporters had worked on his campaign, and they were closely watching the poll results at they came in. They applauded as Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was declared the winner in his own riding, Regina-Qu’Appelle, and again as Fast was again victorious.
“I am so grateful that the people of Abbotsford have given me their unwavering support for so many years,” Fast told the crowd upon his arrival after his victory.
Liberals Jati Sidhu (MMFC) and Seamus Heffernan (Abbotsford) are sharing the Abbotsford Banquet Centre, where about 100 supporters had gathered by about 7:30 p.m. Sidhu arrived at the location at about 8:30 p.m.
Vis is not expected to show up at his location – Matsqui Hall – until about 9:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., supporters were setting up the stage, preparing for his arrival, just as the initial polls results started to come in. They showed Vis jumping to an early lead, with six polls reporting.
By 8:30 p.m., Vis was far ahead of the competition, with 1,374 votes – almost double Sidhu’s tally of 772. He was declared winner at about 8:40 p.m.
Also running locally in the two ridings were:
• Aeriol Alderking – Christian Heritage Party
• Locke Duncan – People’s Party of Canada
• Stephen Fowler – Green Party
• Madeleine Sauve – NDP
• Nick Csaszar – People’s Party of Canada
• John Kidder – Green Party
• Michael Nenn – NDP
• Elaine Wismer – Marxist-Leninist
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