Brian Jean once again showed his political acumen with his fourth consecutive overwhelming victory in Fort McMurray-Athabasca.
Jean ran away to the win as part of another near-sweep of Alberta for the federal Conservatives on the way to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s much-wanted first majority.
Jean received 21,544 votes, beating the second-place NDP candidate by nearly 17,000 votes.
Harper’s Conservatives won 166 seats across the country, including 27 of the 28 seats in Alberta.
Jean, born and raised in Fort McMurray, won his first campaign as a Conservative handily in 2004 by over 10,000 votes. Since then he has steadily grown his support, winning by over 14,000 in 2008 and even more this time around.
It remains to be seen whether Jean, who previously served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport, will receive a seat on Harper’s cabinet.
NDP candidate Berend Wilting finished second with 3,984 votes, Liberal candidate Karen Young was third with 3,124, and Green candidate Jule Asterisk had 1,362 votes.