Jeremy Patzer easily held the Conservative stronghold of Cypress Hills-Grasslands in Monday’s federal election.
He picked up 23,855 votes (72 per cent), defeating his nearest challenger, the New Democrat’s Alex McPhee, by 20,480 votes. McPhee got 3,375 votes (10 per cent).
The other results were: Charles Reginald Hislop, People’s Party, 2,807 votes (8 per cent); Mackenzie Hird, Liberal, 1,398 votes (4 per cent); Mark Skagen, Maverick Party, 1,284 votes (4 per cent); Carol Vandale, Green, 272 votes (1 per cent); and Maria Rose Lewans, Independent, 187 votes (1 per cent).
Patzer will be heading to Ottawa for a second term. He first won the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding in the 2019 federal election, when he claimed 81.1 per cent of the vote.
The decrease in votes from two years ago has been attributed to gains by the People’s Party of Canada and the new Maverick Party.
In a Facebook post, Patzer thanked supporters.
“Thank you Cypress Hills-Grasslands for your overwhelming support! It is an honour and a privilege to represent the best region of the country! I can’t do this without the sacrifices and support of my family. Congratulations to the other candidates who put their name forward, it is no small feat to run in a campaign.”
Patzer has put tackling rural issues at the heart of his agenda.
He has described himself as unrelenting in: demanding better connectivity for rural and remote communities; protecting the natural resource industry; speaking out against the carbon tax; pushing for protections for potential victims of domestic abuse; demanding support for farmers and ranches; and defending fundamental rights and freedoms.
The Conservatives enjoyed a successful election night across Saskatchewan, although nationally they came up short, with Justin Trudeau managing to hold on to power with a Liberal minority government.
As of Tuesday morning, the Liberals were elected in 158 ridings, while the Conservatives have taken 119, Bloc Quebecois 34, NDP 25, Green 2 and the People’s Party of Canada 0.