NDP sweeps Edmonton, leaving city an island of orange in a sea of blue

Ridings in the City of Edmonton remained an orange enclave in province newly dominated by the United Conservative Party as votes were tallied Tuesday night.

After an NDP sweep of the city in the previous election, the party was leading in all but one of the city’s ridings at 10 p.m., save for Edmonton-South West.

The result has re-elected Edmonton NDP MLAs pledging to hold a new United Conservative Party government accountable to the city and the party’s election promises.

“There’s a lot of really important things happening here,” re-elected Edmonton-City Centre MLA David Shepherd said Tuesday night. “Certainly, Mr. (Jason) Kenney, in his platform, made some commitments towards that. It’s my intent to make sure that’s followed through.”

NDP Leader Rachel Notley and prominent leaders in her former government, including Sarah Hoffman, Richard Feehan, David Eggen and Marlin Schmidt, were all poised to hang on to their seats as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“I think that it’s clear that the message that Rachel ran on resonated with folks in Edmonton, and the things that she was fighting for are things that matter to the folks who live in this area,” Hoffman said Tuesday night.

The city will have a strong cadre of opposition NDP MLAs fighting for their interests, she said.

In a Tuesday night statement, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson congratulated Kenney and thanked Notley for her service as premier. Edmonton is key to the provincial economy and deserves the provincial government as a partner, he said.

“My council colleagues and I will work earnestly with the new government to ensure Edmonton has the infrastructure, housing, climate resilience, regional prosperity and community supports in place to thrive for generations to come,” Iveson wrote.

“I think people here have generally been progressive,” said Edmonton-Goldbar NDP incumbent Marlin Schmidt, who recaptured his riding for a second term. “They knew Rachel very well and were happy with the job that her government did, and were happy to support us again.”

The redrawn riding of Edmonton-South West hung in the balance with the UCP’s Kaycee Madu leading the NDP’s John Archer by 258 votes with 30 of 64 polls reporting.

Nearly 5,700 votes were cast in out-of-district advance polls in Edmonton-South West, which was 19 per cent of eligible voters. Elections Alberta will count those ballots starting Wednesday afternoon.

Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel failed to win a seat in Edmonton-McClung.

When the electoral boundaries were redrawn in 2017, the city of Edmonton gained a riding, pushing the number of seats in the city up to 20 from 19.

Regardless of the result Tuesday night, Edmonton will have at least four new MLAs in the next legislature. Two MLAs retired, and one lost a nomination race.

The newly redrawn riding of Edmonton-South West has no incumbent as the NDP’s Thomas Dang sought re-election in the riding of Edmonton South.

jfrench@postmedia.com

— with files from Gerry Moddejonge

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