By Medicine Hat News on October 24, 2016.
Medicine Hat remains Tory blue.
Conservative Party candidate Glen Motz won the byelection to fill the vacant Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner seat. A little more than an hour after polls closed, Motz had captured 69.3Â per cent of the vote with a 125Â of 223 polls reporting.
“What this vote said today was the people of this riding … said they believe in a Conservative view,” Motz Â said.
“The message that was sent to Justin Trudeau and his government is ‘we are tired of increased taxes, we are tired of the proposed carbon tax, we are tired of his opposition to pipelines, we are tired of his lack of support for families, and we want some action on job creation.”
Motz, aÂ former 35-yearÂ member of the Medicine Hat Police Service, easily outdistanced Liberal challengerÂ Stan Sakomoto, who had 25.9 per cent of the vote.
Sakamoto was quick to visit the Motz campaign headquarters to offer his congratulations. Motz said you wouldn’t find a finer gentleman than Sakamoto and praised his campaign.
Motz went on to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying the announcement of his visit mobilized supporters of the Motz campaign.
“People were angry with his arrogance and his lack of substance,” he said.
In an interview following the speech, Motz said his campaign team was expecting the prime minister to make an appearance in Medicine Hat.
“We knew they would use that resource and it worked in our favour. The people know the damages that the Liberals could do to this riding and they spoke tonight.”
Rod Taylor of the Christian Heritage Party with 2.1 per cent of the vote, Bev Waege of the NDP (1.2%), Sheldon Johnston of the Libertarian Party (0.8%) and Kanye Cooper of the Rhinoceros Party (0.7%) were also in the race.
The byelection was necessary following the March death of Conservative MP Jim Hillyer.
Full coverage of the byelection result online tomorrow and in the pages of the Medicine Hat News.
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