Conservative candidate Jeremy Patzer has been re-elected in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding.
Patzer, who first won the seat in the 2019 federal election after winning the Conservative nomination a few months prior, will be headed to Ottawa for a second term.
"It's really humbling, it's always an honour and privilege to serve the great people of Cypress Hills-Grasslands and to be elected again with a very clear number, is great," he said tonight. "I look forward to continuing on the work that we were working on before and just to keep focusing on the rural areas and on the key industries that support workers of the southwest."
Patzer will be headed back to what appears to be a very similar House of Commons of Canada in the nation's capital with a minority Liberal party still in charge with Justin Trudeau at the helm.
"At the outset of the campaign, I think keeping the Liberals to a minority government was definitely a goal and a victory of sorts," he said. "As the campaign rolled on I think we started to see we had a real shot at winning this thing and that's obviously the goal... I guess keeping him to a minority, I guess is the consolation prize here tonight."
Out of the 182 polls, Patzer picked up 23,855 votes good enough for 72 per cent, which is a slight decrease from his dominant 81.1 per cent in 2019. Most of that vote change can be attributed to climbs by the People's Party of Canada and the new Maverick Party.
"We'll definitely keep them on the radar for sure," he said. "I think a lot of people are still really frustrated about the Trudeau government and the way things are going. Some people figured that's where they needed to put their vote so it's a democratic process and you can't ever fault anyone for voting the way they do."
The 36-day campaign period is shorter than normal, but Patzer said that was fine with him as last time he was in campaign mode from essentially April during his Conservative nomination bid until the federal election on October 21, 2019.
"That was a really long period for sure, to compare and contrast the two they were definitely different," he said. "It's tough to cover a riding as big as this one 36 days with as many communities as there is.
"It was nice to be able to get out to as many places as I possibly could and meet with people. We obviously lost a year and a half of community events and different things like that, so all summer there was some more events and even into the campaign there were things to go to and be at."
He went on to thank his campaign crew and volunteers for helping him the past month plus.