Election night in Kamloops

Welcome to KTW’s coverage of the 43rd federal election.

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.

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

KTW’s Facebook page will also contain updates throughout the night.

There are 102,759 eligible voters in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding.

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


We will post all election night news below:

Shortly after 9:30 pm., Terry Lake visited Cathy McLeod's campaign office:

Lake McLeod
Liberal candidate Terry Lake congratulates Conservative candidate Cathy McLeod, who was re-elected in Kamloops-Thompson Cariboo. “You had me worried,” McLeod said, calling him big competition. - Jessica Wallace/KTW


9:39 p.m.: A video of Terry Lake's concession speech has made its way back to the KTW office:



9:39 p.m.: Lake has made his concession speech and addressed media. Says he’s 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.

Source: Michael Potestio/KTW

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.

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

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.”

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 Raitt’s defeat. Called her a friend. “She’s a loss,” she said.

8:59 p.m.:

Lake campaign office
Among the faces in the crowd Terry Lake’s reception are city councillors Mike O’Reilly and Dieter Dudy, Bob Hughes from ASK Wellness Society and former B.C. Liberal MLA Kevin Kruger. - Michael Potestio/KTW

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 doesn't rule out another run but won't 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 I've ever done. I connected with people in this community in a way I never thought I would. We've got a core of passionate people who are determined to get deeply involved in the campaign. So, yes. It's an essential first step."

Terry Lake
Liberal candidate Terry Lake consoles a supporter at the Delta Hotel on election night (Oct. 21). - Dave Eagles/KTW

8:50 p.m.: Currie was asked if there's anything he thinks he could have done better or differently: "I don't think there's 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).

8:47 p.m.: Mcleod's 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 NDP's 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. "I'm really confident we are going to do better than the NDP."

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.

8:28 p.m.: The Canadian Press has projected McLeod as winner.

8:26 p.m.: Ian Currie just walked in to congratulate Cathy McLeod. McLeod won’t call it yet, though. She said Currie has class.

McLeod Currie
Green candidate Iain Currie (right) visits the campaign office of Cathy McLeod to congratulate her on her projected win. - Jessica Wallace/KTW

8:23: With a Liberal government projected, Lake tells KTW he’d 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

8:17 p.m.: As Ralph Goodale’s riding looks Blue, McLeod alluded to a “giant.” Said that’s “interesting."

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

Source: Dave Eagles/KTW

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.: People's 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 we've had since Confederation. We're guided by that Montreal-Toronto corridor," Finlayson said. "The West doesn't have a voice — it's 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 don't have that in Canada. We delude ourselves with this holy grail of democracy."

"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."


Source: Dave Eagles/KTW


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: “I’m 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. Lake's and Egli's votes together would surpass those of McLeod by 16.

7:51 p.m.: People's 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 wouldn’t answer. Asked what she thought when a Liberal minority was predicted? She wouldn’t answer. Asked her thoughts on whether Scheer should step down if the Conservatives lose, she wouldn’t 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. NDP's Egli third and Green's 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. It’s 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: “Let’s 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. There’s 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.

Source: Dave Eagles/KTW

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.











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