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.