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Liberals overcome Conservatives in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley

Liberal Party candidate Dr. Doug Eyolfson and wife Sowmya Dakshinamurti walk into a ballroom filled with happy supporters celebrating his win over Conservative Party candidate Steven Fletcher.

PHOTO BY ANDREA GEARY

Liberal Party candidate Dr. Doug Eyolfson and wife Sowmya Dakshinamurti walk into a ballroom filled with happy supporters celebrating his win over Conservative Party candidate Steven Fletcher.

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Dr. Doug Eyolfson, 52, has excised the Conservative Party’s presence from Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

An emergency room physician at the Health Sciences Centre, Eyolfson handily won the race. After all the polls had come in, he commanded 51.9 per cent of the vote, a total of 24,531 votes. His closest competitor, Conservative incumbent MP Steven Fletcher, secured 18,518 votes, or 39.2 per cent.

Fletcher, 43, had represented the riding since 2004. The NDP’s Tom Paulley, 63, had placed second in the 2011 election, but this time he was a distant third. He began the campaign as manager for NDP candidate Stefan Jonasson but Jonasson resigned on Sept. 24.

Longtime Liberal Party supporter and Charleswood resident Aruna Hall said the fact that Jonasson had to withdraw and Paulley stepped in at the last minute likely helped Eyolfson win a few votes. However, she firmly believed the novice politician deserved to win and will make a good MP.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 19/10/2015 (1366 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Dr. Doug Eyolfson, 52, has excised the Conservative Party’s presence from Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

An emergency room physician at the Health Sciences Centre, Eyolfson handily won the race. After all the polls had come in, he commanded 51.9 per cent of the vote, a total of 24,531 votes. His closest competitor, Conservative incumbent MP Steven Fletcher, secured 18,518 votes, or 39.2 per cent.

Fletcher, 43, had represented the riding since 2004. The NDP’s Tom Paulley, 63, had placed second in the 2011 election, but this time he was a distant third. He began the campaign as manager for NDP candidate Stefan Jonasson but Jonasson resigned on Sept. 24.

Longtime Liberal Party supporter and Charleswood resident Aruna Hall said the fact that Jonasson had to withdraw and Paulley stepped in at the last minute likely helped Eyolfson win a few votes. However, she firmly believed the novice politician deserved to win and will make a good MP.

(From left) Dr. Doug Eyolfson supporters Natasha Duff, Allison Varey, Aruna Hall, Shelagh McGregor and Megan Conley are shown at the start of the celebrations for Eyolfson's election as MP for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

PHOTO BY ANDREA GEARY

(From left) Dr. Doug Eyolfson supporters Natasha Duff, Allison Varey, Aruna Hall, Shelagh McGregor and Megan Conley are shown at the start of the celebrations for Eyolfson's election as MP for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

"Doug just seemed like an inspiring candidate," she said.

Hall helped with special events and worked to prepare a ballroom at the Holiday Inn-Airport West for watching election night results, and as it turned out, celebrating Eyolfson’s win.

About 200 people volunteered on Eyolfson’s campaign.

"I’ve never seen anything like it — people walking in to help," Hall said.

When the poll results showed Eyolfson in a commanding lead by about 10 p.m., Hall said she was very excited.

Gerald and Karen Owzarek at Steven Fletcher's headquarters on election night.

PHOTO BY ANDREA GEARY

Gerald and Karen Owzarek at Steven Fletcher's headquarters on election night.

Eyolfson’s campaign communications manager, Michelle Finley, said Liberal Party leader and Prime Minster-elect Justin Trudeau’s stop at the St. James Civic Centre on Oct. 17 was a boost for Eyolfson’s campaign and also a vote of confidence in the doctor as a candidate.

The atmosphere at Fletcher’s campaign office wasn’t quite as rosy, as his supporters started their evening by watching the Liberals dominate in Atlantic Canada. First-time election volunteer Karen Owzarek, from Charleswood, was there with her husband Gerald.

She said she got involved with Fletcher’s campaign, dropping off fliers and answering phone calls, because she’s always voted Conservative. After meeting national party leader Stephen Harper in April, she was inspired to volunteer.

"I found it really interesting and informative," she said, estimating that she volunteered about 25 hours throughout the campaign.

Another Fletcher supporter Carole Tattersall said she had helped Fletcher on all of his campaigns because he’s dedicated to helping his constituents.

"You call the office with a problem and it’s dealt with," she said.

"Steven’s worked really hard."

Andrea Geary

Andrea Geary
Community journalist — The Headliner

Andrea Geary is the community journalist for The Headliner. Email her at andrea.geary@canstarnews.com Call her at 204-697-7124

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