Inside Calgary Liberal party headquarters
Liberal supporters gathered intently to watch the election play out on the big screen at the Palace Theatre on Monday night. Attendees cheered as the Liberals gained seats and watched solemnly as Calgary Centre Liberal representative Kent Hehr was defeated. In his final speech - which left many emotional - Hehr discussed his pride for his party and their message, as well as his hope for the future of Calgary Centre, which is being left in the hands of the Conservative party.
“I’ve gotten to share my life with people, far and wide, hear their hopes, their cares, their concerns, and it has truly been an honour to work alongside them,” Hehr said.
Photos by Isabelle Bennett
Published on October 23, 2019.
Zahir Zuway has been a Liberal supporter for years, and is one of the many volunteers that helped with Monday night's event at the Palace Theatre.
Many Liberal supporters are watching the election results in good company, including Aisha Alrazi (left) and her father, Raji Alrazi (right). “I understand that in Calgary there is some weakness in the economy, but I think we need to start diversifying our economy and how we vote - if we continue voting conservative, the Liberals will stop trying to do things for Alberta because they will assume they can’t win our vote,” says Raji.
Jack Hasna was just one of many hoping for the success of the Liberal party on election night. “If Andrew Scheer goes in, there might be a lot of people leaving the country. If everybody got involved, the country would be much better off. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,” he says.
Always dressed to the nines, well-known Calgary drag queen Karla M. came out to provide support for the Liberal party.
Diana Bongolo awaits election results intensely. “I believe in Justin because he has a good forgeign policy and represents Canada well to the world. He fixed the economy and made things better and more affordable in Calgary. He is humble and helps so many people,” she says.
The Palace Theatre erupts into cheers and applause as the screen reveals the Liberal Party has secured another seat in the House of Commons.
Attendees like Leah Tanner diligently watch for information updates at the Liberal headquarters in downtown Calgary.
“On October 2, 2004 I was paralyzed from the neck down without much of a chance. Nothing was accessible, and insurance folded on us. We ended up coming to Alberta from Ontario to do construction, and when Kent Hehr started advocating for people like us, we came here in faith. So much has happened and changed in the last years - I survived the worst and I hope for the best. I’ve been advocating for disability - I became liberated through the idea that Kent has a disability and so do I. I hope we can make a difference together,” says Liberal supporter Paulette Giesbrecht (pictured right).
Martha Peters lives in a different riding, but came to support Kent Hehr specifically. “A long time ago when he was a young lawyer, I worked in a convenience store where he would come to shop. He doesn’t know how much he has helped me and my family since he became involved in politics,” she says.
Liberal representative of Calgary Centre, Kent Hehr, maintains a smile throughout his concession speech. He shares a message of hope for Canada’s future while his supporters watch intently.
Kent Hehr shares a kiss with wife, Deanna Holt, onstage after thanking her for her endurance of support during his address to his supporters. "We now have a new MP and my ask is that we treat him the way we wish Kent had been treated," she says.