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This article was published 26/11/2013 (2209 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
LARRY Maguire wasted no time getting started in his new role as the Conservative MP for Brandon-Souris.
After winning the byelection Monday night, Maguire was up early Tuesday returning phone calls before catching a flight to Ottawa.
He is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper this morning.
"Very satisfied," he replied when asked how he was feeling the day after the byelection.
"And not just satisfied for myself but for all the volunteers that worked for my campaign throughout the constituency and here in Brandon."
The national spotlight shone on Brandon-Souris for weeks leading up to the byelection, and Maguire said it was a "hard-fought battle."
"There was a message and I heard it," he said.
"We just need to continue to work hard and make sure that we can deliver the trade agreement, the Building Canada Fund for infrastructure and of course, eliminating the deficit."
Maguire said he looks forward to working with Mayor Shari Decter Hirst and Brandon city council with regards to infrastructure needs, as the city continues to grow.
"Brandon-Souris is a huge riding and Brandon is half the vote," he said. "So Brandon is an important part of this region. It's the centre of it for trade and commerce, not just in Brandon-Souris but Dauphin-Swan River to the north of us as well and a bit to the east."
Maguire said he looks forward to being able to work with other levels of government "to make sure we get the infrastructure in place we need."
Maguire will be sworn in within the next few weeks under Elections Canada rules.
The tight race between Maguire and Liberal Rolf Dinsdale came down to the wire, and in the end, only 391 votes separated the candidates.
There would only be an automatic judicial recount if the spread between the first and second candidates is less than 1/1000th of the votes.
With a turnout of 27,681, that would mean the spread would need to be 26 votes or fewer for an automatic recount.
— Brandon Sun