Burnaby Now October 21 2015
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DESCRIPTIONBurnaby Now October 21 2015
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 ad as thebest hes ever seen in poli-tics. I felt like going outvoting for him after that,and everyone Ive talked tosaid that was just an incred-ible ad.According to Burton, the
NDPmisstepped with itscore values by promoting abalanced budget.
It puts us in the samefield as Harper.We had todifferentiate ourselves fromthe Conservatives, and toomany of our promises weredown the road, he said.Burton didnt think Mon-
day nights results willchange Burnaby that much.I thinkTerry Beech will
be a good representative. Ihavent heard anything tothe contrary about it, andof course Kennedy Stew-art and Peter Julian will begood representatives, hesaid. The big victory is thatHarpers gone.
Soclose:Liberal candidateAdamPankratz lost a close-fought racewithKennedyStewart inBurnabySouth. PHOTOJEREMYDEUTSCH
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Despite glum results forBurnabys Green party can-didates, cheers still rang outthrough the Admiral PubonMonday night as a groupgathered to watch the elec-tion results come in.Of Burnabys three fed-
eral ridings, only Burna-by North-Seymours Greencandidate Lynne Quarm-by was able to secure morethan five per cent of thevotes.Quarmby was calm and
collected as she entered theAdmiral Pub.Her support-ers cheered and applaud-ed the SFU professor, wait-ing their turn to greet thefourth-place finisher.
To be honest, it was theworst-case scenario. I didntexpect it to be this bad, shetold theNOW when askedwhat she thought of the re-sults in Burnaby North-Seymour.I believed, when I set
out to do this, that I couldwin, and I still think that Icould have won, but the keything that was missing wasenough other people alsobelieving that I could win,she added. I think that ifenough other people couldhave believed, we might
have been able to make ithappen.When asked what she
thought went wrong, shesaid she and her fellowGreen candidates were hithard by strategic voting.Like other Green can-
didates in Burnaby rid-ings, Quarmby encoun-tered many people duringher campaign who told herthey wanted to vote Greenbut were too afraid to, fear-ing it would split the vote infavour of Conservative can-didate Mike Little.I tried to tell them that
if everybody who said thatactually voted Green, wewould do great, she said.But fear was too great in
the newly minted riding ofBurnaby North-Seymour,according to Quarmby.This election it was the
strategic voting to get rid ofHarper. I think people wereso afraid of Harper, thatthat dominated everything,she said.I think well do much
better next time, when wedont have that spectrehanging over us. I think thespectre of Harper is whatkilled us this time, she said.Whether that next time
includes first-time candi-date Quarmby, its too ear-ly to say.The SFU professor-
turned-activist and now po-litical candidate said it wasstill all too fresh.I think I had a big im-
pact at every debate, at ev-ery event. I think that was areally important thing, shesaid.Looking forward, howev-
er, Quarmby said shell bekeeping an eye on the new-ly-elected Liberal party, in-cluding successful BurnabyNorth-Seymour candidate
Terry Beech, who won with18,742 votes, according toElections Canadas pre-liminary results especial-ly when it comes to certainpromises regarding the en-vironment and the conten-tious pipeline review pro-cess.I feel that the Liberal
candidate in this riding rana really excellent campaign,and I would like to con-gratulate him. I think thathes a good guy, hes veryhardworking, he earned thewin, she said.
Green party candidatesin Burnaby South and NewWestminster-Burnaby wereupbeat Monday in the faceof two tough defeats.In NewWestminster-
Burnaby, first-time candi-date Kyle Routledge fin-ished with a preliminaryresult of 4.9 per cent of thevotes or 2,559 cast in his fa-vour.WyattTessari, Green can-
didate in Burnaby South,meanwhile, secured 1,306
votes 2.8 per cent of thevote.I think the strategic vot-
ing worked beyond whatpeople expected, and in es-sence I think they missedtheir objective of going for aminority,Tessari said.Tessari echoed Burnaby
North-Seymour candidateLynne Quarmbys thoughtsthat the threat of anothergovernment led by StephenHarper was too much forvote...