Progressive Conservative Verlyn Olson was declared elected in Wetaskiwin-Camrose just over an hour after polls closed, but he wasn’t prepared to celebrate until all the votes were in.
“I am still standing here looking at the screen and it is nice someone declared me elected, but I want to wait,” he said.
Olson was still trying to analyze the swing in favour of the Tories on election day despite a number of polls predicting a much tighter race.
“It was a daily pendulum swing — you’re up, you’re down. But obviously we are delighted with the outcome.”
The Conservative party did “a lot better in Calgary” than many expected, he said, and that made a huge difference provincially.
Olson, a lawyer, was justice minister, replacing Alison Redford when she ran successfully for the party leadership. Although Olson did not support Redford, he retained his post when she became premier.
The Wildrose Alliance’s Trevor Miller, a county councillor, put up a strong fight, and came in a solid second.
As in many ridings across the province, health care was a top concern in this rural area. Miller wanted the Alberta Health’s superboard decentralized so more decisions could be made at the local level.
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