Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Barlow takes Foothills, Liberals dominate eastern Canada to win majority

Foothills MP John Barlow
(C. Davis file photo)
Chris Davis

Returning Conservative MP John Barlow secured the new Foothills electoral district with 75.7% of the vote in the 2015 federal election held yesterday, October 19, but will be sitting as an opposition member of the House of Parliament after the Liberals romped to a majority government. With 97.35% of the polls reported nationally the Liberals won 54.7%, 185 of 338 seats in the House.

Foothills election 2015 snapshot:
Conservative John Barlow - 75.7%
Liberal Tanya MacPherson - 13.4%
NDP Alison Thompson - 6.4%
Green Party Romy S. Tittel - 3.3%
Libertarian Cory Morgan - 0.7%
Christian Heritage Marc Slingerland - 0.6%

(John Barlow on Facebook post-election)
60,927 of 82,380 registered electors turned out in Foothills (not including electors who registered on election day), a turnout of 73.96%.  That compares to a countrywide average 61.1% turnout in the 2011 federal election, and a similar countrywide turnout of 66.1% in this election. Foothills is a new electoral district this election, so there are no directly comparable turnout statistics for it. The turnout for the 2011 federal election was 61.52% in the former Macleod electoral district, which included Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass, among other communities. A byelection for Macleod was held in 2014, with a turnout of 19.92%, won by John Barlow in his first attempt at federal office. Turnout in Alberta for the 2015 election was 66.73 % with 96.56% of the polls reported.

 Barlow was formerly the Associate Publisher and Editor of the Okotoks Western Wheel.

(From Elections Canada website - click images to enlarge)

This story will be updated as more information comes in and has been verified, and after the final outstanding polls are counted.

Related links/sources:
Macleod electoral district

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