Considered a battleground riding, Calgary-McCall was one of the few seats held by a Liberal. But on Tuesday lawyer Irfan Sabir had safely joined the orange wave, with Wildrose’s Happy Mann in second place. Sabir said the results showed that Albertans were “sick and tired of (the PC) regime.”
“People were looking to NDP for a change and I think that’s what they were voting for,” said Sabir.
Mann was not available for comment as a press time, but a spokesman for his campaign said they were surprised to see the NDP surge ahead.
“We are a little bit surprised to see the NDP ahead of us,” said Buta Rehill, assistant campaign manager for Mann. “Our campaign went really well. We had a large number of volunteers working day and night.”
Liberal MLA Darshan Kang, who narrowly staved off a Wildrose win in 2012, is now seeking a federal Liberal seat, so Calgary-McCall’s Liberal candidacy was taken over by real estate associate Avinash Khangura.
In the final weekend of the campaign, Khangura was joined by Liberal Leader David Swann for a rally. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice were also in the riding last Saturday.
“The NDP have clearly done well,” said Khangura, who said he was still waiting for advance poll numbers. “The NDP wave is a little bit stronger than I expected.”
Calgary-McCall is one of the most ethnically diverse ridings in Alberta, with large Punjabi and Pakistani communities.
Barrister and solicitor Jagdeep Kaur Sahota ran for the Progressive Conservatives while accountant Burhan Khan ran independently.
During the 2012 election, Calgary-McCall was a bit of a nail-biter, with Wildrose candidate Grant Galpin ahead for most of the night before Kang pulled ahead and won the seat by more than 700 votes. Galpin later complained that there were irregularities with advanced polls.
|MLA for Calgary-McCall|
May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Darshan Kang|
|Born||1977/1978 (age 37–38)
|Political party||Alberta New Democratic Party|