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It was nearing midnightMonday, and with a racetoo close to call in BurnabySouth, supporters at Ken-nedy Stewarts campaignoffice were given some in-centive to stick it out a littlelonger.They were offered a
round of drinks on thehouse.While the announcement
elicited cheers, there was amuch bigger applause in theroom about half an hour lat-er when the NDP candidateclaimed victory.Stewart was re-elected for
a second term after narrow-ly defeating his closest chal-lenger, Liberal Adam Pan-
kratz, by only a few hundredvotes.When the dust settled,
the NDP incumbent heldon for the win, picking up16,094 votes compared to15,547 for the Liberal.The margin of victory
for Stewart was just 1.2 percent.Its always close, Stew-
art said, noting it was a sim-
ilar situation when he waselected for the first time in2011 in Burnaby-Douglas.When asked what put
him over the top, he cred-ited the people who workedon his campaign.When you lose its
because of you, but whenyou win its because of yourteam, he said.While Stewart held on,
the national results were anear disaster for the NDP.The party won just 44
seats in Ottawa.
Canadians clearly want-ed change, and they got it,and thats what happened.We (the NDP) just didnthappen to be that change,he said.Stewart said there is a lot
the NDP can work withwith the Liberal party plat-form, but suggested therewere problems with it, too,
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A piece of Burnaby the NDP hasheld since the Svend Robinson era hasgone to the Grits.Terry Beech took a3,500 vote lead Monday night as Burn-aby North-Seymour got caught up inthe wave of momentum that swept theLiberals to a majority government.I feel absolutely humbled, so much
gratitude for everybody that helpedmake this happen, Beech said from apacked and noisy room at Joeys restau-rant on Lougheed Highway.Im going to roll up my sleeves and
start to get to work for the people ofBurnaby North-Seymour, he added.I just want to thank all the voters inBurnaby North-Seymour for support-ing me, and I just want them to knowI ran on being a strong representativefor our community, and I plan to keepthat promise. I plan on being one of thehardest-working,most visible and ac-cessible MPs weve had in this riding.Beech, who held a strong lead from
the start, attributed the Liberal win onNDP turf to the new riding boundaries,leader JustinTrudeaus campaign anda lot of hard work on the ground.When all 193 polls were accounted
Terry Beech winsBurnaby North-Seymour for Liberals
REDWAVE Liberal candidateTerryBeech,withwifeRavi at his side, celebrateswith supporters at his victoryparty at Joeys inBurnabyonelectionnight. Beechtook thehotly contestedBurnabyNorth-Seymour riding, triumphingoverConservativeMikeLittle and theNDPsCarolBairdEllan. PHOTOLISAKING
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Horse race:Above,KennedyStewart andwife JeanetteAshecelebrateStewartswin in themosthotly contested local ridingMonday,BurnabySouth. Top left, Stewartwatches results come in. At left,MayorDerekCorriganandcity councillorDanJohnstonkeepanervouseyeon the returnsat StewartsBurnabySouthcampaignheadquartersnearRumbleStreet andRoyalOakAvenue. PHOTOSCORNELIANAYLOR
and his party will be hold-ing the new government toaccount.Im sure the Conserva-
tives will be in complete dis-array, so it will be up to usto be a force there in Otta-wa, he said.Just a five-minute drive
away at his campaign officeon Kingsway, Pankratz wasreflecting on the close loss.He was thrilled with the re-sults of the party nationally,suggesting people respond-ed to the positive messageand campaign. Pankratzsaid he was also proud of hisown effort locally.We did incredibly well.
Nobody gave us a chance inthe riding and we showedwe definitely could havewon, he said, also credit-ing the NDP for running agood campaign.Even though the early re-
sults fromMonday nighthad the Liberal in the leadwith a few hundred votes,he said he never thought hehad a win in the bag.As for his future, the
32-year-old isnt ruling outthe possibility of staying inpolitics.For me its been a great
experience.When or whatthe future holds, I dontknow, Pankratz said.It was a similar sentiment
from Conservative candi-date Grace Seear, who fin-ished third with 12,441votes, or 27 per cent.The Conservative-staffer-
turned-candidate said shewas surprised by the nation-al results, adding she feelssad about outgoing PrimeMinister Stephen Harpersown fortunes on electionnight more so than her own.Seear also congratulated
Stewart on his victory andthanked her own team fortheir work on the campaign.I hope they understand
its not their defeat, shesaid, adding she has time toconsider her own politicalfuture.
Seear said when she wasdoor knocking earlier in thecampaign, she didnt get a
sense the Liberals wouldprovide as much competi-tion.
I think they (voters)were looking for change,she said.Rounding out the elec-
tion results were the GreensWyattTessari, who received1,306 votes, and the Liber-tarian candidate Liz Jalu-ague, who netted 498 votes.As for voter turnout
in the realigned Burna-by South riding, a total of45,886 people voted out ofthe 75,263 registered elec-tors.That was good for a 61
per cent voter turnout, butbelow the national averageof 68.5 per cent.
The wave of Liberal sup-port that swept the countryMonday night has loosenedthe NDPs grip on Burnaby,but local Burnaby CitizensAssociation members arejust happy Stephen Harperis gone.We felt the early, early
prediction of New Demo-crats doing well across thecountry wasnt going tohold, but I certainly wasntprepared for the way theLiberals swept the county,
said Burnaby city councillorSav Dhaliwal.I had expected it would
be a Liberal governmentbut a minority governmentand New Democrats wouldhave a chance to work withthem, he said. It wasnta rejection of the NDP asmuch. I think it was a rejec-tion of the Harper agenda,and the Liberals were bene-ficiaries of that.The Burnaby Citizens
Association holds all ofBurnabys city council andschool board seats, and themembers are all New Dem-
ocrats.Dhaliwal said the NDP
lost some ground, as Burn-aby South almost went tothe Liberals, and he was ex-pecting North Burnaby-Seymour to be between theConservatives and NDP, asKennedy Stewart won theformer Burnaby-Douglasriding in 2011 but also ona thin margin.The ridingchanges that created Burn-aby North-Seymour addeda piece of the right-leaningNorth Shore to Burnaby,something Dhaliwal saidwas a game-changer.
School board chair RonBurton echoed Dhaliwalssentiments; he did not ex-pect Burnaby South to beso close. (Stewart hung onby just 1.2 per cent in a nail-biting race with polls com-ing in close to midnight.)I was surprised that
Kennedy Stewart bare-ly held on, and I think hellconsolidate it over the nextcouple of terms.He foughta big red wave that was hap-pening. I think people want-ed Harper (out), he said.Burton, who was expect-
ing aTory victory in Burn-
aby North-Seymour, wassurprised the Liberals tookthe riding, which he attrib-uted to JustinTrudeauscampaign.He did a tremendous
job, Burton said, citing oneparticularTrudeau