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Federal byelection west of Edmonton in Sturgeon River-Parkland underway

WATCH ABOVE: Four candidates are running to replace Rona Ambrose as the MP for Sturgeon River-Parkland. Meet Ernest Chauvet, Shawna Gawreluck, Dane Lloyd and Brian Gold.

One week after electing new municipal officials, Alberta residents west and northwest of Edmonton will return to the polls to elect a new member of Parliament.

A federal byelection is taking place Monday in the riding of Sturgeon River-Parkland.

Longtime Conservative politician Rona Ambrose was the MP, but announced in July she was stepping down after 13 years. She had served as interim party leader since 2015, after Stephen Harper stepped down and before Andrew Scheer was elected as party leader.

WATCH: Newly named leader of the federal Conservative party Andrew Scheer thanks his predecessors Rona Ambrose and Stephen Harper.

Andrew Scheer thanks Rona Ambrose, Stephen Harper in acceptance speech
Andrew Scheer thanks Rona Ambrose, Stephen Harper in acceptance speech

Four candidates are running to replace her in the historically conservative riding: Ernest Chauvet with the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, Shawna Gawreluck with the New Democratic Party, Dane Lloyd with the Conservatives, and Brian Gold with the Liberals.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the area this past weekend to show support for Gold.

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Edmonton on Saturday.

Ernest Chauvet is a grandfather who is running on a platform of upholding Christian traditions and is asking residents to vote based on their values. He is pro-life, believes marriage is only between a man and a woman, wants more integration of naturopathic medicine in health care, wants to drop the carbon tax and have no cap and trade, and wants to pay off the national debt like a mortgage.

Shawna Gawreluck is a medical laboratory technologist and co-owns a local construction business. The mother of three is pushing for affordable childcare, supports getting Alberta oil to other markets while also being environmentally responsible.

Dane Lloyd holds a degree in history and political studies from Trinity Western University, a Christian college in B.C., and is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. He is also a former parliamentary adviser. Lloyd is pushing for “no body, no parole” legislation in Canada, in which convicted killers could not be released unless they reveal where their victim’s remains are.

Brian Gold has a master of arts from Harvard University and a PhD in history from the University of Alberta, where he is an instructor. He also teaches at the MacEwan School of Business. He lives in Spruce Grove with his family. His platform includes growing the economy and middle class, helping local businesses thrive, and building pipelines to get Alberta’s resources to the international market.

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READ MORE: Byelections to be held in October in Tory-held ridings in Quebec and Alberta

Polls open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Full details can be found on the Elections Canada website.

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