The votes have come in, the ballots have been counted and it looks like the Wildrose Party is blooming in the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre constituency.
MLA-elect Joe Anglin is pleased with the unofficial count which saw him receive 7,647 votes while incumbent PC candidate Ty Lund trailed with 6,145 with all 78 polls accounted for.
“I’m humbled,” Anglin said from his headquarters in Rocky Mountain House where a small but enthusiastic crowd had gathered. “Everyone has put a tremendous amount of effort in this. It’s not just me, it’s us.”
He did, however, stress that as a new MLA he needed to get to work. “I need to roll up my sleeves. I’ve got a job to do,” he said, adding he would have to resign as a Rimbey town councillor. The law says I have to step down.”
As the night wore on, Anglin kept his eyes glued to the television screen, watching as the Progressive Conservatives went on to form a clear majority government.
And as much as he was pleased with his own victory, he was “surprised and disappointed” for the Wildrose Party.
Anglin, who fought during his campaign against transmission lines and stood up against Tory bills reducing property rights, said the issue remains important to him.
“It is my biggest concern. The main reason I ran. The whole issue concerns me.”
Anglin doesn’t understand what made voters decide to return the Progressive Conservatives to power.
“I think fear played a big role; fear on moral issues. I really hope we can learn from that.”
Anglin wins Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre