Weston re-elected in Conservative Sweep 

Harper wins majority government; NDP rises, Liberals sink and Bloc destroyed


It was an election for the record books. Riding a wave of blue, the Conservative Party of Canada swept into office to establish their first majority government since 2004.

Incumbent John Weston, the Conservative Member of Parliament for the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country riding, was swept along with them.

Of the 63,117 votes cast in Whistler's riding, John Weston received 28,711, or roughly 45.5 per cent of the popular vote.

The Liberal Party and NDP were close, with the NDP's Terry Platt winning 14,812 votes (23.5 per cent) and Liberal Dan Veniez winning 14,103 votes (22.3 per cent). The Green Party earned 4,597 votes or 7.3 per cent, while the other five parties - Libertarian, Marxist-Leninist, Canadian Action Party, Western Block Party and Canadian Progressive Party - combined for less than 1,000 total votes.

Weston said he was pleased by the result and the stability that a majority will create.

"It was very gratifying and very humbling," said Weston. "Nobody expected the results of last night nationally or even locally. We had a huge volunteer effort and it just feels inadequate thanking people for their time and resources. We had 600 volunteers on our team, which is astounding.

"(A majority) allows the country to focus on a vision and pursue it.

"It allows me to continue the momentum and to build a team and incorporate training for my staff. When you think about it, when was the last time you were able to say confidently, 'I know what I'll be doing the next four years of my life?' It's a very good feeling."

Weston said the majority would allow the party to get back to focusing on the economy.

In his own campaign, he focused on his party's economic accomplishments and Canada's relatively strong position in the worst financial crisis in 80 years, as well as his own achievements.

"In our riding it was gratifying to see the high degree of awareness of what collaboration had achieved between people in the corridor and my office," he said. "Communities have articulated their priorities and allowed me to champion those, and overall we brought in $240 million in federal investment into the riding, which is an unprecedented amount, with 120 legacy projects in collaboration with local governments, First Nation governments, provincial representatives and my office."

Weston also pointed to a Private Member's Bill that he championed in the last Parliament that was passed with unanimous support from all parties. The bill would make it a crime to purchase or possess in quantities the ingredients required to make crystal meth.

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