One federal political candidate with Flin Flon ties has been soundly defeated. George Canyon, best known as an award-winning country singer, was beaten in the riding of Central Nova, covering his hometown of New Glasgow, N.S.
Liberal candidate Sean Fraser won election with more than 17,000 total votes, earning his second straight electoral win in the region. Canyon, who was running for the Conservative Party of Canada in his first foray into federal politics, had received 11,210 votes with 210 of 230 polls reporting – enough to get him second spot in a field of seven candidates.
Canyon’s wife is originally from the Flin Flon area and he has owned property in the area, along with performing frequently in the region. Canyon was slated to play twice in the Flin Flon area in the past year – once in a public show at the R.H. Channing Auditorium in May and once again at a private fundraiser for then-Progressive Conservative provincial election candidate Theresa Wride.
Results for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, the riding covering northern Manitoba, have not been publicly released as of 8:50 p.m. Manitoba time.