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May 15, 2013 edition of the Salmon Arm Observer

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  • IndexOpinion ....................... A6View Point .................. A7Life & Times ............... A9Sports ............... A19-A22Arts & Events ... A23-A26Time Out ................... A27Vol. 106, No. 20, 48 pages

    This weekStudents cast their own ballots in a mock provincial election. See who they chose on A3.

    Drawing hundreds of riders , the Salty Dog Enduro proved as popular as ever. See A20.

    WednesdayMay 15, 2013

    www.saobserver.net$1.25 GST Included

    Kyllo dominates Shuswap vote B.C. Election: Liberals retain grip on the riding, Sicamous businessman heading to Victoria.

    Just one word Wow!That was Bc liberal Greg Kyllos reac-

    tion to winning last nights election with slightly more than 48 per cent of the vote.

    In the unofficial count with 165 of 166 polls reporting, Kyllo got 11,342 votes, fol-lowed by ndP Steve Gunner with 6,972 votes, conservative Tom Birch with 3,045 Green candidate chris George had 2,186 and Johanna Zalcik of the Advocational Party took 62.

    Both Kyllo and the liberal Party defied pre-election polls that had the ndP forming the next government.

    I am looking forward to working in gov-ernment, not opposition, he said after sev-eral congratulatory hugs from ecstatic sup-porters.

    Kyllos campaign office was infused with a party atmosphere less than an hour after the polls closed, when the liberals were al-ready leading in 46 polls.

    Supporters were gathered around a TV set, reacting to results with loud cheers and laughter.

    In a quieter corner, Kyllo described him-self as being cautiously optimistic. He cred-ited his campaign team for the win, saying no one person could have done it alone.

    I am absolutely humbled by the number of volunteers who have come forward, he said, noting his first move as MlA will be to reacquaint himself with his wife and four daughters. This has been all-consuming, 24-7.

    Beyond the short break, Kyllo says learn-ing the ropes and creating jobs will be pri-orities.

    Only with a strong economy can you have the dollars to adequately fund needed social programs, he said.

    With the youngest of four daughters now 18 and his Sicamous businesses in good hands, Kyllo said the time is right for mov-ing into the new challenges a political career will offer.

    I have extremely big shoes to fill and lots to learn, he said. And Im up for the chal-lenge.

    The big shoes belong to outgoing MlA George Abbott who held the post for 17 years and has provided the new MlA with

    invaluable advice and support, Kyllo says.Also playing a supporting role, a delight-

    ed fundraising manager Mel Arnold, said the liberal win will keep B.c.s economy moving forward.

    Kyllo will move into the political arena with strong family support as well.

    I am extremely proud of him, he worked hard and I am excited we can carry on this journey together, said wife Georgina, who noted she had been nervous early in the day. I would have been proud of him either way.

    Standing in the now-packed campaign of-fice, former Salmon Arm councillor Kevin Flynn gave the local liberal win a big thumbs up.

    Im very happy. As a small businessper-son, I wont have to sell up and move to Al-berta, he said. The results are somewhat shocking based on the polls.

    At ndP campaign headquarters, a sub-dued group of volunteers watched as the liberal lead in B.c. grew.

    candidate Steve Gunner, not one to blurt out unreasoned answers during the cam-paign, held true to form on Tuesday night.

    I would hate to look at the big picture just yet. It would take more analysis than we can do at the moment, he said, adding, Obvi-ously this is a fairly surprising result for Brit-ish columbia, not what we would expect to

    Reaction: BC Liberal candidate Greg Kyllo receives a hug from his daugh-ter Samantha as he receives good news. (Right) NDP candidate Steve Gunner watches as prediction-defying results roll in.

    JamEs muRRay/OBSerVer

    By martha Wickett, Barb Brouwer andJessica KlymchukOBSerVer STAFF

    See Results on page A2

  • The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the two people who were found deceased in a residence in Anglemont on April 30.

    Tracy Nichol, aged 45, and Christian Rob-ert Tallick, aged 15, both residing in Angle-mont were found dead in what police deter-mined to be a murder-suicide.

    The cause of death

    was not released by of-ficials. Police have also not indicated which person was determined to be the murder victim.

    The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate these deaths. Despite indicating the deaths of a 45-year-old woman and 15-year-old boy were initially being in-vestigated as murder, RCMP later confirmed the situation was a mur-der-suicide.

    RCMP have con-firmed that this tragic

    event was a murder-sui-cide, stated Cst. Lesley Smith, north district media relations officer. The crime scene posed a number of challenges for members and after a lengthy investigation, with the assistance of the RCMP Forensic Identification Unit, po-lice were able to con-firm this unfortunate outcome.

    The residence where they were found is lo-cated on Greenwich Close Road in Angle-mont.

    Murder-suicide pair namedBy Tracy HughesOBSERVER STAFF

    be getting. I think its going to make people a little more skepti-cal about polls. At the same time, it also says a lot about what can go on in a persons mind between the time they make a decision and the time they sit in a polling station and have to put pen to paper.

    Gunner was highly complimentary of his team and the work they did for him.

    I did not think it would be possible to get so many people to work together for so long It was abso-lutely humbling and in-spiring to see how hard people worked.

    Long-time NDP sup-porter, Victor Toy, ad-mitted to feeling sick-ened by the results.

    Im shocked and dismayed that despite the NDP running a very positive campaign of hope, it was lost It now makes me really question polls. Right down to the very last days the polls were re-flecting the exact oppo-site of whats happen-ing, he said.

    Toy isnt sure why the results went the way they did.

    I guess the gen-eral public bought into Christy Clarks mantra, even though what she was preaching can be disputed.

    He gave the example of Clark warning that if the NDP formed gov-ernment, young people would be forced to go to Alberta to work. That

    is already happening, he noted.

    Thats just one thing she was saying that no-body questioned.

    Neither is Toy im-pressed by the Liberals campaign.

    What I find quite disturbing is the con-tinuing negative cam-paign we seem to be following in the Ameri-can wake.

    Despite the disap-pointing loss, Gunner, who operates an organ-ic turkey and chicken farm with his spouse Andrea, wont be tak-ing time off to ponder his fate.

    As she gave him a hug at the end of the evening, she reminded him that there were chickens to be looked after in the morning.

    Conservative Party candidate Tom Birch wound up in third place. Birch was con-fident heading into the preliminary count and felt good about the campaign. Prior to the results, he said he thought it would be a close three-way race, saying that the high voter turn out and good advanced voting turn-out favoured the politi-cal right. As the votes came in, he was slightly surprised at the gap.

    Well, Im obviously disappointed with the way it broke, Birch said. Greg Kyllo ran a good campaign. Ive just called him and congratulated him and well see what happens next time around.

    I still feel good. I learned a lot going

    through the whole pro-cess. This is democra-cy, its more important than who wins.

    Birch hopes the win-ner takes seriously the fact they represent 100 per cent of the people.

    Im sure Ill be a little more down tomor-row but its all the way it has to be, people have spoken, Birch said.

    Green Party candi-date Chris George land-ed in fourth, saying the results were on track with his predictions.

    Pretty much what I was expecting, he said. We obviously dont have the deep pockets of the other parties. We relied on town halls, getting out on door steps, making phone calls and a pretty stiff Facebook campaign.

    George was happy to see Green Party candi-date Andrew Weaver win his riding, Oak Bay-Gordon Head, say-ing these steps are the foundation for starting

    a political party. Its much of a truism

    that much of our poli-tics is based on fear and

    the way that the other parties ran their cam-paigns, that was very evident, George said.

    Results differ widely from pollsContinued from front

    Unexpected: BC Conservative Tom Birch thought it would be a closer race in the Shuswap riding.

    James mUrray/OBSERVER

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