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Conservative MP Raquel Dancho was able to retain her seat in Parliament as she held the Kildonan-St. Paul riding for a second straight election.
"I want to say a huge thank you to my friends and family for supporting me through this tough election campaign and for my entire volunteer team for getting out there every day, fighting the good fight and getting the Conservative win for Kildonan-St. Paul," Dancho said.
"It was a nail-biter for a first re-election."
Dancho’s riding was one of the first to be called in Manitoba on Monday night. She said holding her seat was not easy task given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the very short, five-week campaign.
"I’ve been doing this for about a decade now, this was by far the most difficult campaign for the country emotionally, knocking on doors we saw families that have been through really difficult times over the last 18 months and (it) just really emphasizes the fact that we should not have been in an election," she siad.
"It has caused further division across this country and that’s on Justin Trudeau. Now that we’re hearing he has won the minority government, the onus is on him to bring the country together and to unite Canadians because that division needs to be healed."
Estimates from Elections Canada showed 16,269 preliminary votes were cast at advance polls earlier this month in the riding. In 2019, 10,868 voters marked their ballots in advance, making for a near 50 per cent increase two years later.
Additionally, the 2021 campaign marked an increase in the number of mail-in voting kits issued to electors across Manitoba. In Kildonan-St. Paul, Elections Canada recorded 2,417 voting kits issued to electors in the riding, 233 issued to electors living outside the riding and 84 issued to electors outside of Canada.
The 2,734 issued is an increase from two years ago, but it remains to be seen how many kits were actually mailed. Elections Canada said as many as 5.7 million Canadians made use of advanced voting in this election. In 2019, 599 people voted with mail-in kits in Kildonan-St. Paul.
Going into Monday night, a top priority for Dancho’s campaign was to help foster economic growth based on how hard the hospitality industry has been hit by the pandemic. She said it was an area of focus over the last two years.
"You know, from the moment we won last time, we really wanted to hit the ground running and engage in community involvement and their concerns," Dancho said.
"I had thousands of conversations over the last two years from my community, dozens of small businesses close and that was devastating. I had to fight tooth and nail with the House of Commons to get those issues at the forefront, to get the Liberal government to listen and to adjust their programs, and I really heard from families (about) the difficult times they had gone through. It’s been a traumatizing 18 months for Canadians."
Dancho noted that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government will need to take a good hard look at the division in this country.
"Erin O’Toole and the rest of the Conservative team have denied him (a majority government) resoundingly and I think that speaks volumes to the frustration we’re hearing from the Canadians at the doors," Dancho said.
At deadline, Mary-Jane Bennett of the Liberal Party was placed second in the riding with Emily Clark of the NDP in third.
Joseph Bernacki was the reporter/photographer for The Headliner until December 2021.