Red wave rolls through Delta

Liberal Carla Qualtrough easily tops Conservative cabinet minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay in federal election

Delta has a new member of Parliament.

Liberal Carla Qualtrough easily defeated Conservative cabinet minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay to capture the new riding of Delta in Monday's federal election.

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With all 214 polls reporting, Qualtrough was more than 9,000 votes ahead of Findlay after garnering 49.3 per cent of the popular vote.

Findlay, who was the minister of national revenue, saw her support drop to just 32.7 per cent. Voter turnout in Delta topped 75 per cent, although that number is expected to drop slightly once voters who registered on election day are factored in.

Qualtrough was one of 184 Liberals elected across the country to give the party a majority government.

More than 100 jubilant supporters packed into Qualtrough's Scott Road campaign headquarters Monday night, chanting her name as she took to the podium to make her victory speech.

"The passion and the vision and the desire for change in Delta has spoken so clearly over the past months and the momentum that we have gained over the past 78, 79 days is quite humbling," she said.

Thanking family, volunteers and supporters, Qualtrough promised to bring a "new style of business" to Delta.

It was a somber mood at East Delta Hall where about 100 Findlay supporters gathered to watch the results, which were disappointing both locally and nationally.

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