Earl Dreeshan

Earl Dreeshan

Dreeshen elected in Red Deer-Mountain View

Earl Dreeshen is heading back to Ottawa as part of the official Opposition. The Conservative candidate decidedly won the new riding of Red Deer-Mountain View snagging 38,903 votes with 201 of 238 polls reporting. First elected in 2008 in the former Red Deer riding, Dreeshen is no stranger to different scenarios playing out in Ottawa.

Earl Dreeshen is heading back to Ottawa as part of the official Opposition.

The Conservative candidate decidedly won the new riding of Red Deer-Mountain View snagging 38,903 votes with 201 of 238 polls reporting.

First elected in 2008 in the former Red Deer riding, Dreeshen is no stranger to different scenarios playing out in Ottawa.

The 62-year-old life-long Conservative worked under both Conservative minority and majority governments.

But never on the other side of the table as the Liberal Party of Canada will form the next government with Justin Trudeau at the helm.

“I’ve talked to many people who have been in Opposition and I think they are joking because they say when you’re in Opposition, you can say anything and do anything,” said Dreeshen.

“But when you are in government you actually have to follow the line … I am an honest individual, making sure I hold people to task if that’s necessary. But I want to make sure people recognize how significant the Conservative Party has been, not just in the last four years but to Canada in general.”

Dreeshen has been involved with the party since 2005 and a life-long Conservative. He thanked his family and his supporters for the support. Dreeshen said he is looking forward to working hard for Central Albertans.

Chandra Kastern, the Liberal Party candidate, came in a distant second with 7,297 votes. Kastern, 32, said she could not be more proud of her team across Canada. Kastern said she wanted to earn 10 per cent of the vote in Red Deer-Mountain View because a Liberal has never crested 10 per cent of the vote in Central Alberta. She said she had less time and less fundraising capacity compared to the other candidates. Kastern said she ran a clean and tight budget campaign and she is proud of her local supporters and campaign workers.

“Obviously Canadians were hungry for change and the right kind of change,” said Kastern. “We’re seeing that happen tonight. It’s super exciting.”

NDP candidate Paul Harris said a third place finish with 4,510 votes was not the outcome he expected. Harris, a Red Deer city councillor, said he thought the NDP would do slightly better in the riding.

“I had no illusions that we would win it,” he said. “Although talking to people door to door, it felt like we might.”

Harris said the NDP wanted to form government but a lot of what they worked for made its way into the Liberal platform as policies changed over the course of the election campaign. Harris said the bright spot of the evening is that Harper is no longer in charge.

“For me he was the worst prime minister that I have seen in my lifetime,” said Harris. “I think history will look back and think this is the downfall of the country and it has taken us decades to build.”

Also running were Scott Milne, the Pirate Party candidate with 249 votes, Simon Oleny, the Green Party candidate with 1,339 votes and James Walper the Libertairian candidate with 375 votes.

The Red Deer-Mountain View riding runs from Red Deer south of Ross Street to Carstairs, west to Sundre (but not Rocky Mountain House) and east to Delburne and Elnora. It also includes Mountain View and Red Deer counties.

The new riding was carved out of the electoral districts of Crowfoot, Red Deer and Wild Rose.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

Red Deer Emergency Services responded to an explosion at a duplex on Rupert Crescent Saturday morning. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Firefighters respond to explosion in Red Deer early Saturday morning

There was an explosion at a Red Deer duplex early Saturday morning.… Continue reading

Terry Betts, of Kananaskis, looks at the vehicle he was hoping to sell during the Quick Times Red Deer Swap Meet in the Westerner Park parking lot Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Quick Times Red Deer Swap Meet held outdoors

A big automotive swap meet was held outdoors this year in Red… Continue reading

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is set to re-open on July 2. (File Photo)
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum to reopen Monday

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will reopen for visitors… Continue reading

Huzaifa (left), Saif (middle) and Zoya (right) were among the 60 or so Red Deerians who participated in a vigil for the victims of a recent terrorist attack that killed four people in London Ont. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Red Deer vigil honours victims of London, Ont. terrorist attack

About 60 people gathered at the corner of 49 Ave. and 50… Continue reading

A man wears a face mask as he walks by a sign for a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, May 16, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Canada paid a premium to get doses from Pfizer earlier than planned

OTTAWA — Canada paid a premium to get more than 250,000 doses… Continue reading

The Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., is shown in this 1930 handout photo. HO — Deschatelets-NDC Archives
Calls grow for Ottawa to review settlement decisions for residential school survivors

Lawyer Teri Lynn Bougie still cries when she talks about the final… Continue reading

Syringes are readied at a COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, Friday, April 30, 2021 in Montreal. Most of the federal contracts for COVID-19 vaccines allow for Canada to donate some of its doses to other countries or international aid organizations and in at least three cases, for the doses to be resold.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada’s vaccine contracts allow for doses to be donated, in some cases resold

OTTAWA — Most of the federal contracts for COVID-19 vaccines allow for… Continue reading

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, responds to the report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Vancouver, on Monday June 3, 2019. As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Two sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

VANCOUVER — As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after… Continue reading

A woman sits and weeps at the scene of Sunday's hate-motivated vehicle attack in London, Ont. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Four members of a family in London, Ont., are set to be buried today. The public has been invited to help celebrate the lives of Talat Afzaal, 74, her son Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, and their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
Funeral to be held today for London family killed in attack

LONDON, Ont. — Four members of a Muslim family killed in what… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden listen to United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliver opening remarks at a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, United Kingdom Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau to discuss foreign policy with G7 leaders at second day of summit meeting

CARBIS BAY, CORNWALL, ENGLAND — Foreign policy is on the agenda for… Continue reading

Multivitamins are shown on the packaging line at the Pfizer plant in Montreal, Thursday, July 12, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Canadian drug companies want new pricing regs delayed again until after pandemic

OTTAWA — Almost three dozen Canadian pharmaceutical companies made a direct appeal… Continue reading

In this file photo, a lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018. (By THE CANADIAN PRESS)
No winning ticket for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — The massive $70 million dollar Lotto Max jackpot remained unclaimed… Continue reading

Most Read