October 21st, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 41
Conservative John Barlow takes Foothills riding
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Former newspaper editor John Barlow has been elected the first ever Member of Parliament of the newly created Foothills riding.

“It’s a little PC history,” said Barlow.

After a redrawing of boundaries, Barlow easily defeated his five opponents to win the new riding that stretches from the TransCanada Highway and Springbank in the north, to Waterton National Park and the U.S. border in the south.

“We had a very good voter turnout and it says a lot about our campaign,” said Barlow. “It’s important that the residents of Foothills have a representative that has roots here, knows the community’s, know the issues and most importantly knows the people of the riding and I think that resonated in this election.”

Barlow said he spent election night with his wife Louise, his mother who came in from Saskatchewan and his three children at his campaign office in Okotoks.

He said he was disappointed with the overall results of the federal election that saw the return of the Liberal Party to power but said his top priority was to the residents of the riding.

“We’re still committed to working with the people and that will always be my focus,” he said. “And as a member of the Official Opposition, our job is going to be to hold the Liberal government accountable.”

He also said would try to build new relationships and partnerships with the new government.

“To ensure we get things done, we have to work with others,” he said.
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This was Barlow’s first general election and this will be his first full term in office. A newspaperman by trade, Barlow was the editor of the Okotoks Western Wheel before he was elected MP to represent what was then the federal riding of Macleod in a by-election resulting from the retirement of former MP Ted Menzies in June 2014.

“I approached it the same,” said Barlow of this latest election. “We knocked on thousands of doors. Every election is a grind. You have to have great support and volunteers.”

“I don’t think the other candidates knew the riding as well and I think that played a role in the results,” he added.

Unofficial results show Barlow took 46, 107 votes, or about 75 per cent. Liberal candidate Tanya MacPherson placed a distant second place with 8,149 votes, or about 15 per cent. NDP candidate Alison Thompson is in third place with 3,918 votes, Green Party candidate Romy Tittel received 1,982 votes, Libertarian Party candidate Cory Morgan had 426 votes and Christian Heritage Party candidate Marc Slingerland is in sixth place with 345 votes.

“It means so much to have such a strong mandate. It shows that the residents have confidence in me to be their representative and we will work hard everyday to earn their support,” said Barlow.
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