Alistair MacGregor and the NDP win Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding

Alistair MacGregor and the NDP win Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding

Incumbent NDP candidate Alistair MacGregor has won the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding.

With 203 of 242 polls reporting, he stands at 17,221 votes to Conservative candidate Alana DeLong’s 12,022, Green Party Lydia Hwitsum’s 9,710, Liberal Blair Herbert’s 7,365, PPC’s Rhonda Chen’s 765 and Christian Heritage candidate Robin Stanbridge’s 139.

“This campaign would not have come home without your efforts,” he said, thanking his supporters gathered at the Duncan Community Lodge, after a performance by the Tzinquaw Dancers. “I also want to acknowledge the candidates for the other parties, saying now it’s time to come together.

“We all know this country’s got some big challenges that require a lot of people coming together, especially in a minority parliament.”

MacGregor’s opponents noted it was a tough campaign.

“It was an uphill battle,” Hwitsum said, noting they were battling an incumbent. “We did better than last time and we’ll do better again next time.”

“I’m disappointed in the results here in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, although not surprised,” said Herbert. “The NDP is very locked in here, for a number of years and I’m happy with the way it went nationally, so I guess all around, I’m happy,” he said, referring to the Liberals’ win of a minority government.

Before the results came in, DeLong says she’s knocked on 9,000 doors during this campaign.

“At the end of the day, I’m less concerned about winning this district, but more so about the country as a whole. We can’t have another four years of Liberals,” she said.

After hearing the results, DeLong addressed her supporters.

“So many people have put their lives into this. I’m sorry we didn’t make it, but we found thousands that believe what we do. It’s been fantastic,” she said.

“There was so much I wanted to do. That’s the most disappointing. It’s going to be a difficult four years. We need to build on what we’ve found,” DeLong said.