Kent Hehr is swapping Edmonton for Ottawa.
The popular Liberal MLA for Calgary Buffalo squeaked out a victory in the federal riding of Calgary Centre Oct. 19, making him one of the first Grits to win a seat in Calgary since the Pierre Trudeau sweep of 1968.
The Oct. 19 vote saw the election of Trudeau’s son Justin as the new PM, in place of Stephen Harper.
“We actually made some history in Calgary right here tonight,” Hehr said after the results were in.
Hehr’s visit to his victory party at the Bank and Baron was brief, but some 200 supporters packed the pub to celebrate his victory of Conservative incumbent Joan Crockatt.
We actually made some history in Calgary right here tonight. Kent Hehr
The race for Centre was close all evening, with the lead alternating between Hehr and Crockatt.
During Justin Trudeau’s victory speech many Hehr supporters ignored the television opting instead for the small Calgary Centre poll tracker projection as it brought in the last few results.
“A lot of people worked really hard to get Hehr elected,” said one supporter.
“Hehr winning is as important to them as Trudeau’s speech.”
For most of the night Crockatt was ahead in the polls, but eventually Hehr pulled ahead in the final few polls, ending with 47 per cent of the popular vote.
As well as Hehr, Calgary is sending Liberal Darshan Kang to represent Calgary Skyview in Ottawa.