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Graydon wins another term

Greg Vandermeulen

PC incumbent Cliff Graydon will serve another term in Emerson constituency after collecting 3,983 votes, 347 more than in 2007, to give him the win.

NDP candidate Lorie Fiddler saw her share of votes drop by just over 200 from 2007, to take second with 1,082.

Liberal candidate Micheline Belliveau got only 412 votes, a huge drop from Monica Guetre's 1,117 as Liberal in this constituency in 2007.

Despite his victory, Graydon wasn't all that excited after watching his party remain the official opposition.

"I'm terribly afraid for the province," he said during the quiet election party hosted in Dominion City by his supporters. "I'm afraid of what Selinger is going to do, what he has to do to keep his promises."

Graydon credited his volunteers for helping him run a strong campaign, adding no matter what is projected, it's still feels like a welcome surprise when the numbers come in.

"You're always surprised," he said. "You're always happy when you win."

He had scathing comments for his competition, the NDP's Lorie Fiddler and Liberal candidate Micheline Belliveau.

"It was a big disappointment," he said of their apparent lack of campaigning. "I don't think they set foot in the riding."

"When Selinger stands up and says 'I represent all of Manitoba', - no he doesn't."

Before PC leader Hugh McFadyen announced his intention to resign as PC leader, Graydon supported his efforts, refusing to entertain the idea that McFadyen was to blame for earning the party 19 seats.

"I think Hugh has done an excellent job," he said. "We had some great candidates."

"Hugh has been a great leader and still is a great leader," he added.

Graydon said he will continue to represent the issues of Emerson, such as a lack of cell phone service, and advocating for an ambulance facility in Dominion City.