Karley Scott was feeling optimistic despite the fact she came up short in trying to win the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding for the Liberals.
“I am ecstatic and amazed at the results of the election. Canadians from coast to coast to coast said they were ready for real change,” Scott said. “Clearly it started on the east coast but it was more and more exciting as the results for the rest of Canada began to be apparent.”
Scott said she is glad that Justin Trudeau will be our next prime minister with a majority government, saying he will lead Canada in a positive direction and all Canadians will benefit.
Scott also singled out the efforts of her campaign team of volunteers for their support. “I am so proud of my team, so proud of the effort everyone game. We left it all on the field,” Scott said.
She added her congratulations on Dan Albas for winning the riding race. “I wish him well and hope he makes us proud,” she said.
Liberal Karley Scott is still hanging on at the slim chance she might still win the riding and is yet to make a concession speech at the Liberal constituency headequarters in the Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre.
With 211 of the 231 polls have reported in, Dan Albas was sitting at 22,014 votes. Scott was second with 20,145, followed by the NDP’s Angelique Wood at 10,656 and Green Party candidate Robert Mellalieu at 2,167.
So far, the turnout for the vote was 64.18 per cent, 55,252 of the 86,093 eligible voters.
Dan Albas was very pleased he has been re-elected in the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding.
About 40 people gathered at the West KelownaYacht, including City of West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and Coun. Duane Ophus.
While the crowd was elated Albas had retained his seat, they were sombre when the results for Kelowna-Lake Country Conservative candidate Ron Cannan showed up on TV screens showing him second behind Liberal Stephen Fuhr.
Albas praised is campaign team of volunteers given that the riding covers 16,000 square-kilometres.
“Having campaign workers in every community in our riding was tough to coordinate, but I felt we had an excellent message and story to tell, and that was to build up B.C.’s infrastructure, keeping taxes low and what not, so I felt we had an excellent message,” Albas said.
Serving as a Conservative in a Liberal majority government will present challenges, Albas admitted, but he relishes the challenge.
“I have never sat in Opposition before so that will be something new. But I always say every issue is kind of like a Rubick’s cube, there is always push and pull involved, and you either have to work with people to get things done or go straight to the minister involved,” he said.
“But I do have strong relationships with people here in the local community, such as West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin, and working with them will influence my decision making in how to best represents the interests of our riding on a given issue.”
With 63 per cent of the votes in, Dan Albas now sits at 15,187 votes (40 per cent), followed by Liberal Karley Scott 14,324 (37%), Angelique Wood at 7,355 (19%) and Robert Mellalieu at (4%) 1,555.
NDP candidate Angelique Wood described her reaction to her loss as “absolute shock.”
Wood, speaking at the NDP gathering for Central Okanagan candidates and party supporters at Kelowna Community Theatre, said she was surprised by the vote results after encountering such positive feedback from voters during the campaign and a desire of many to see a change in Ottawa.
“So the results are absolutely surprising to see,” she acknowledged.
But while Wood’s supporters were in a sombre mood, Wood said she was happy at least that the Liberals were able to elect a majority government and end the reign of the Conservatives under the leadership of Stephen Harper.
Wood said due to the size of the riding, she had to rely on many volunteers to carry out her campaign, and expressed her thanks to those who worked to try and get her elected.
Conservative Dan Albas has been declared elected as the inaugural MP for the new Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola federal constituency.
Albas has accumulated 44 per cent of the vote with 6,833 ballots cast for him, followed by Liberal candidate Karley Scott at 5,573 votes (34%), Angelique Wood of the NDP at 3,379 (19%) and Robert Mellalieu of the Green Party at 638 (4%).
Dan Albas is continuing to widen his lead with nine per cent of the votes counted, with 5,367 votes.
Following in behind Albas are Liberal Karley Scott at 3,721 votes, Angelique Wood at 2,383 and Green Party’s Robert Mellalieu at 397.
Conservative Dan Albas appears at this point to be bucking the Liberal voting trend across Canada by taking the early lead for his party in a newly created constituency.
Albas has 4,152 votes followed by Liberal Karley Scott at 2,847, NDPer Angelique Wood 1,924 and Robert Mellalieu of the Green Party 319.
Albas is technically an incumbent but he is running in a new riding, having moved from Penticton to West Kelowna in order to live within his new constituency.