People's Party of Canada (PPC) candidate Nadine Wellwood fears Alberta lost a chance to have a voice in Ottawa by throwing its weight behind what she views as a centralist Conservative Party.
She believes the vote reflects the anti-Trudeau stance in Alberta and came out of fear of his re-election.
In yesterday's election, Wellwood finished last in the Banff-Airdire riding with 3.3 per cent of the vote, just below the 4.2 per cent registered by Green Party candidate Austin Mullins. Incumbent Conservative Blake Richards cleaned up with a 71.3 per cent of the vote to win his fourth term. Liberal Gwyneth Midgley received 10.7 per cent and the NDP's Anne Wilson, 10.4 per cent.
Wellwood says she has no sour grapes and she respects the decision people made. She congratulates Blake Richards on his victory and adds one thought.
"Please, please Blake, stand up for Alberta," she says.
She thoroughly enjoyed running for office and has no regrets.
"What an amazing experience to have participated in a federal election from the beginning to end," she says."The reception and the conversations and the people I've met... I wouldn't have changed any of it. It has been spectacular."
Still, she believes the media, the national media, in particular, did not give the PPC a chance to fairly present their platform. Even one local media outlet refused to accept paid ads.
"We certainly didn't get a fair opportunity to present our ideas and, I think, they've been smeared, as we saw on Friday with Kinsella and a few others. They can destroy; it worked."
She believes the PPC was the only true Conservative party in the election. Its platform was almost identical to that Reform Party of Canada that championed a Western Canadian perspective.
She believes Alberta missed an opportunity to have a voice in Ottawa.
"The Conservatives don't support Alberta. We could have had our own voice. With 34 seats as an independent party, we'd be the Bloc. Look at the power they now have. We could have had that."
She also believes Canada continues to swing left.
"When I look at these results, I'm a little concerned because all I see is zero for the real conservatives and everything else is left. That's the part that probably scares me the most. Canada is moving consistently in that direction. The days of the Reform Party are obviously gone because we had the Reform Party's platform."
While they have no seats in the House, PPC leader Maxim Bernier says the political party will continue.