Election night in Kamloops – Kamloops This Week

Election night in Kamloops - Kamloops This Week
Conservative Cathy McLeod holds onto B.C. Interior seat despite challenge from star Liberal candidate
Kamloops This Week has reporters and photographers at each campaign office in Kamloops and will be posting results and observations from the various party election night headquarters.

In addition, reporters will be tweeting from their spots on election night and those tweets can be found on Twitter @KamThisWeek.

"I'm going to be doing my best to make sure that projects like Kinder Morgan, and natural gas Canadian LNG and the softwood lumber agreement, those kinds of projects get done," he said. "I talked a lot about it in the debates and we'll keep talking about it in Ottawa."

When the election was called, the make-up of Parliament was as follows: Liberal: 177 Conservative: 95 NDP: 39 Bloc Quebecois: 10 Green: 2 Peoples Party: 1 CCF: 1 Independent: 8 Vacant: 5

9:39 p.m.: Lake has made his concession speech and addressed media. Says hes disappointed with the result and feels he let supporters down, but noted the country is in good hands. Wishes he could have been part of it, received cheers from crowd, which has now thinned. He visited McLeod to congratulate her and said his loss “likely” marks the end of his political career.

McLeod also spoke about how this election has exposed a rural and urban divide with Conservatives winning many rural ridings and shutting out the Liberals in resource-reliant areas of B.C. along with all of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

9:14 p.m.: In surrounding ridings, Conservative candidates all had strong showings, declared winners in every neighbouring riding except Kootenay-Columbia where it remains too close to call.

In the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, Bob Zimmer was elected with about 70 per cent of the vote. Cariboo-Prince George candidate Todd Doherty took 51 per cent and was elected, Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola candidate Dan Albas won with 47.9 per cent of the vote, Mel Arnold won in North Okanagan-Shuswap with 47 per cent and Brad Vis took Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon with 42 per cent of the vote.

Meanwhile, the safe NDP seat, long-held by Nathan Cullen, Skeena-Bulkley Valley, was won by new NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach. He defeated Conservative Claire ​​​​​​Rattée with 42 per cent of the vote.

9:09 p.m.: Lake about ready to call it, says waiting for half the 283 polls to come in before doing so. Hes about 3,000 votes behind McLeod and not hopeful he can make it up though notes theres always the potential for a surge.

"It's a wonderful feeling," he said about the win. "You don't really know what's going to happen … if all that work is going to pay off and fortunately it did." 

9:02 p.m.: Ken Finlayson was previously a contestant to replace Man Tracker on the TV show, but failed. Asked what was harder, applying for the show or running a federal campaign, he said Mantracker was a walk in the park.

The Liberals had hoped that Terry Lake, a former provincial cabinet minister and MLA for the riding from 2009 to 2017, could wrest Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo from McLeod, who has held it since 2008.

9 p.m.: PPC candidate Ken Finlayson visited McLeod to congratulate her. He said the people have spoken. McLeod told him people could learn from him to chat without talking points and speak from their hearts. McLeod mourning Lisa Raitts defeat. Called her a friend. Shes a loss, she said.

The pipeline's construction will create jobs in the Interior and the natural resource sector plays a bigger role in the local economy there — factors Lake hoped would win him the seat.

8:56 p.m.: Currie was asked how the result failed to live up to the noise being made by local Green campaign. “I have no idea. We did everything we could. Climate change was a major issue we heard about, but it seems like Canadians are content with what they have.” Currie doesnt rule out another run but wont commit now. He said the campaign was a great experience and he sees a snowball starting to form locally. “This was one of the best things Ive ever done. I connected with people in this community in a way I never thought I would. Weve got a core of passionate people who are determined to get deeply involved in the campaign. So, yes. Its an essential first step.”

She was elected with 44 per cent of the vote and thanked her volunteers after her win for all their hard work. "It's what makes democracy so vibrant and strong," she said.

8:50 p.m.: Currie was asked if theres anything he thinks he could have done better or differently: “I dont think theres anything I would have done differently. In every possible metric we can measure we did well — except final vote tally.” With 85 of 283 polls reporting, Green vote locally is at 12.4%. In 2015, the party tallied 3.6% of the vote (2,489 vites).

The Liberals were hoping to offset projected losses on the coast with gains in the B.C. Interior, where the pipeline issue plays differently than it does in the rest of the province.

8:47 p.m.: Mcleods lead has now ballooned to about 2,000 over Lake (6.989-5,020) with 75 of 283 polls reporting. Real race is for third, withn NDPs Egli at 2,419 and Greens Currie at 2,107. Finlayaon at 264. Cheeseborough at 81. Kerek at 33.

8:41 p.m.: Currie just walked into the Red Collar to a big round of applause. “It feels like a real kick in the teeth,” he said. “Im really confident we are going to do better than the NDP.”

In 2015, it was a relatively close three-way race with the Conservatives taking 35 per cent of the vote and NDP and Liberals taking about 30 per cent apiece.

8:30 p.m.: With 40 of 283 polls reporting, McLeod has a substantial lead. She has 4,192 votes. Lake has 2,776. Egli has 1,287 and Currie has 1,095. McLeod thus far has 43% of the vote. In the 2015 election, she won with 35% of the vote.

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8:26 p.m.: Ian Currie just walked in to congratulate Cathy McLeod. McLeod wont call it yet, though. She said Currie has class.

The NDP lost a seat to the Conservatives in Kootenay-Columbia where Rob Morrison defeated incumbent Wayne Stetski with 45 per cent of the vote.

8:23: With a Liberal government projected, Lake tells KTW hed love to have a seat at the table and remains optimistic. With 15 of 283 polls reporting, McLeod leads him 1862/1357, but he thinks that may be due to rural polls that tend to favour Conservatives

The NDP's Richard Canning held onto his seat in South Okanagan-West Kootenay. He narrowly defeated Conservative challenger Helena Konanz.

8:17 p.m.: As Ralph Goodales riding looks Blue, McLeod alluded to a giant. Said thats interesting.”

There were few surprises in other ridings in the Interior. Conservative incumbents easily hung on to other seats over Liberal challengers.

8:15 p.m.: NDP supporters are gathering at the Red Beard in North Kamloops. Candidate Cynthia Egli expected to arrive soon.

8:09 p.m.: Sounds like a bus station at the Liberal campaign viewing party. Lake still trails in the polls, but the mood is light, beer and wine is flowing as people continue to mingle and watch the results trickle in.

8:04 p.m.: Peoples Party candidate Ken Finlayson and supporters in his campaign office on Victoria Street. He has 48 votes (1.5% of vote) with 12 polls reporitng. 

“It looks like every election weve had since Confederation. Were guided by that Montreal-Toronto corridor,” Finlayson said. “The West doesnt have a voice — its all a charade.”

Finlayson brought up electoral reform and the U.S. electoral college system: “The founding fathers of the United States foresaw that with the electoral college. We dont have that in Canada. We delude ourselves with this holy grail of democracy.”

Meanwhile, Tracy Gray has brought a seat back to the Conservative Party that was won by the Liberals in 2015.

“To be honest, I have no idea where I was going to fall. I just said the things I had to say and the things I believe in. Whatever the outcome, I accept the result.”

8:01 p.m.: Bit more chatter happening in the McLeod campaign office now as an Alberta  sea of blue announced on CBC. Asked what she thinks of that, McLeod responded: Im not really surprised, I guess.

7:56 p.m. McLeod now has 300-plus vote lead over Lake. Egli and Currie well back with 300-plus votes each. Lakes and Eglis votes together would surpass those of McLeod by 16.

7:51 p.m.: Peoples Party Leader Maxime Bernier lost his seat in Quebec and his party has 1.6% of national vote.

7:48 p.m.: Percentage-wise with 8 of 283 polls reporting, McLeod has 44%, Lake has 31%, Egli has 12%, Green has 11%, Finlayson has 1.2%, Cheeseborough has 0.4% and Kerek has 0.3%.

7:45 p.m.: McLeod increases lead by 250 votes over Lake. The predicted split vote among Lake, Egli and Currie appears to be happening and, as in the 2015 election, McLeod is emerging up the middle.

7:43 p.m.: Asked, when the Liberal win was called, what she thought? McLeod wouldnt answer. Asked what she thought when a Liberal minority was predicted? She wouldnt answer. Asked her thoughts on whether Scheer should step down if the Conservatives lose, she wouldnt answer. Wants to wait for the B.C. results.

7:41 p.m.: McLeod has taken the lead by 120 over Lake with 3 of 283 polls reporting. NDPs Egli third and Greens Currie fourth.

7:40 p.m.: The atmosphere at the Conservative campaign office is tense. Two TVs echoing throughout the bright room, with no chatter. Some terse remarks and no comments to reporters. Its all serious and denying that the results are official. Beers being consumed, but one was spilled on the floor – seemingly representative of the tension in the room.

7:39 p.m.: As CBC panned to coverage of Scheer and questioned whether or not he would step down amidst a probable Liberal win, someone at Conservative HQ in Kamloops said: Lets not get ahead of ourselves.

7:36 p.m.: An older gentlemam walks into the Red Collar, looks at the red and blue map on the CBC and quips: “I thought it would be all green by now.”

7:35 p.m.: Small but lively gathering at the Delta Hotel downtown. Liberal minority government is projected but, BC results still coming in. Terry Lake mingling with crowd

7:26 p.m.: Bright in the Conservative office, but feels like Cathy McLeod is sitting in a living room. She is sitting right in front of a TV next to her daughter. Theres no chatter or excitement. All serious. Except the beer, one of which was spilled in what appeared to be nervous anticipation

7:25 p.m.: First local poll reporting and has Liberal Terry Lake with small edge over Conservative Cathy McLeod.

7:21 p.m.: About 20 people gathering at Red Collar for Green election night event. Candidate Iain Currie yet to arrive.

7:11 p.m.: CBC News has called a Liberal victory, with the party winning or leading in 124 ridings, followed by the Conservatives at 98, Bloc at 30, NDP at 14 and Green at 1.