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Voter turnout up slightly here at home for 2019 vote

PHOTO. Voter turnout in Fort McMurray-Cold Lake increased slightly to just over 63 per cent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada voted for Justin Trudeau and a Liberal minority government in the 2019 fall federal election.

However, local voters re-elected Conservative David Yurdiga to represent their riding as a Member of Parliament.

Fort McMurray-Cold Lake

In terms of voter turnout, 49,680 of 78,157 eligible voters in Fort McMurray-Cold Lake cast ballots or 63.56 per cent.

That number is a shave higher than the turnout for the 2015 election, which saw 62.24 per cent voter turnout.

David Yurdiga secured 39,765 votes or 80 per cent of the vote to win re-election.

Yurdiga won the seat in the 2014 byelection left open by Brian Jean.

He won again in the 2015 federal election when he only secured 60.56 per cent of the vote.

Meanwhile, Liberal candidate Maggie Farrington finished in the runner-up position with 9.5 per cent, New Democrat Matthew Gilks finished in third with 5.6 per cent.

According to Elections Canada, the total population in the riding is 110,230.

National outlook

Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberal party won re-election securing 157 seats, but only secured 33.1 per cent of the popular vote.

There were some big takeaways from the vote as the Liberals could only secure a minority government.

Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives finished in second winning 121 seats.

Although, they gathered 34.4 per cent of the popular vote.

The Liberals lost support in both Alberta and Saskatchewan unable to win any seats in those provinces.

In Quebec, the Liberals secured 35 of 78 total seats and 34.2 per cent of the vote.

However, the Yves François-Blanchet and the Bloc Québécois party emerged with 32 and 32.5 per cent respectively to finish second in that province.