Play-by-play coverage of election night for Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding.
At 11:55 p.m. all polls have been reported with NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach winning the Skeena-Bulkley valley riding with 40.9 per cent of the vote and conservative candidate Claire Rattée trailing behind at 33.4 per cent, missing less than 3,100 votes.
More than 61 per cent of registered electors came out to vote — 40,795 of 66,421 — not including electors who registered on election day.
11:30 p.m. 218/219 “There haven’t been any results for our riding,” says Rattée about Cullen’s performance.
“I think there will be another election soon and I will definitely be running again,” said an upbeat Rattée late on Monday night as the final results trickled in. “The result shows that people are looking for change. There haven’t been any results for our riding.”
11:15 p.m. 215/219
10:58 p.m. 212/219
10:47 p.m. 210/219 less than 10 polls to count
10:35 p.m. 202/219 polls counted, Rattée last candidate to concede.
“It’s the result of the democratic process and people have chosen him. He takes on a great responsibility and I’m going to say that God has — through the voting process — entrusted him with a great responsibility as he has Justin Trudeau and of course then people have to carry that responsibility. He could exercise that responsibility and begin defending innocent human life. He could use that responsibility and begin supporting traditional marriage which is the building block of society. He could speak up for freedom of speech and the people who are now being restricted in their ability to speak the truth so those choices will rest with him,” says Christian Heritage candidate Rod Taylor.
10:05 187/219, still less than 40 polls to count and Conservative candidate Claire Rattée will comment after they’re counted, reports Gerry Leibel from Kitimat Northern Sentinel.
9:40 155/219 polls counted as Bachrach arrives at his party in Smithers and is delivering his acceptance speech.
9:30 p.m. 142/219 polls counted and excitement winds down as candidates congratulate one another and continue their viewing parties.
Mike Sawyer on Taylor winning: “It doesn’t surprise me Taylor is going to win. Good for him. I think he will be a good MP. His commitment during the election was he would show up and stand up and I hope that he does that.”
|A musical number is going on in Rod Taylor’s basement, reportsTrevor Hewitt from Smithers Interior News.|
9:15 p.m. With 125/219, more than half the polling stations have been counted
|As the votes came in, Independent candidate Danny Nunes was walking around downtown Kitimat playing Pokemon Go, reports Brittany Gervais with The Terrace Standard. “If that counts as a headquarters,” Nunes said. “I’m happy I’m not in last place.” At last count, Nunes secured 0.4 per cent of the vote with 83 votes, ahead of fellow Independent candidate Merv Ritchie with 74 votes. “No wizard [Ritchie] can beat Dan the Bear…The turnout was exactly what I expected.” This is Nunes’ last political run, he said.|
9:00 p.m. 96/219
“Sawyer said he is going to go over to the Smithers brewery to congratulate Taylor,” reports Thom Barker from Sawyer’s Smithers headquarters, as Trevor Hewitt gives a live look at Christian Heritage candidate, Rod Taylor’s Smithers headquarters:
8:50 p.m. 65/219
“Claire’s campaign manager says NDP hasn’t won – still a bunch of ridings to be counted,” reports Gerry Leibel from Kitimat Northern Sentinel.
|Dave Birdi: “Running in this election has been enlightening experience. Spending time in dialogue with communities from Atlin to Bella Coola, Fort St. James to Sandspit. This was an opportunity to engage and learn. New friendships have been formed. Thank-you to all the candidates and the organizers of the debates for sharing with the communities.Thank you to my family, supporters, and all volunteers contributing many hours of hard work, as well as the Liberal Party for this incredible opportunity to represent Skeena – Bulkley Valley region.” Left to right: Jai Birdi (brother), Dave Birdi, Harjit Birdi (wife), Bachan Bidi (mother), Gurdeep Birdi (brother) (photo Aman Parhar / Caledonia Courier)|
|The crowd is excited and still waiting for Bachrach to show (Marisca Bakker / Smithers Interior News)|
8:30 p.m. BREAKING: Taylor Bachrach will be headed to Ottawa as the new MP for the Skeena-Bulkley Valley. He was declared the winner at approximately 8:30 p.m.
With 20 per cent of polls now reporting, Canadian Press has called the Skeena Bulkley Valley for NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach with 46.7 per cent of the vote.
Bachrach has served as the mayor of Smithers since 2011. It will be the first time since 2004 that the region has been represented by someone other than Nathan Cullen, who decided not to run this election. The area stays orange though, as the NDP once again ran the most successful campaign.
|People’s Party candidate Jody Craven “would like to thank the PPC, my riding, my team and especially my family who didn’t see me for days while I was out on the campaign trail. Even though I lost, I won’t give up. I will still be involved in the public, taking up people’s issues and concerns I learned during the campaign that there are a lot of serious issues that still haven’t been addressed – government has to step up and start supporting Skeena Bulkley Valley. We have issues with the forestry industry in the north and a lack of cellphone coverage along Highway 16. We should be doubling up on our healthcare as well. I am very honoured that the PPC had faith in me and chose me to run on their behalf in the election. I will be back again, in 18 months – I won’t give up.”|
|“When I ran the last provincial election I took about five per cent of the vote. It kind of shocked me how well I did. With eight candidates running, the fear factor really drives people…I think that’s why people have gone really hard to the NDP again,” said Independent Merv Ritchie.|
8:25 p.m. 40/219
“Commenting as of the last update, Independent Merv Ritchie had secured 20 votes, two votes behind the other Independent candidate Danny Nunes at 22 votes. Ritchie, who has been away from the riding for a personal matter, said he wants to congratulate NDP Taylor Bachrach for a “spectacular” campaign,” reports Brittany Gervais from The Terrace Standard.
8:20 p.m. 35/219
“So far, NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach has secured 46.9 per cent of the vote with 15 per cent of polls reporting, 700 votes ahead of Conservative Claire Rattée. If Bachrach is able to hold on to the lead once 20 per cent of polls are reported, it may be safe to say he’s secured his seat as the next MP for the Skeena Bulkley Valley,” reports Brittany Gervais from The Terrace Standard.
|NDP Campaign volunteers are anxiously waiting results. Taylor Bachrach is scheduled to appear later on tonight.(Maricia Barker, Smithers Interior News).|
|Mike and supporters watching the results trickle in.(Thom Barker, Smithers Interior News).|
8:13 p.m. 20/219, NDP and conservative are way ahead in the lead
8:05 p.m. 20/219
8:03 p.m. 17/219
“Big cheer went up here when Jenica Atwin was declared elected for greens in Fredericton,” reports Smithers Interior News reporter Thom Barker from Sawyer’s headquarters.
7:55 p.m. 12/219
“Mike Sawyer is excited to be at 13.8% of the vote,” reports Smithers Interior News reporter Thom Barker from Sawyer’s headquarters.
7:50 p.m.: 10/219 votes flying in with Independents Nunes and Ritchie on the board
7:40 p.m.: 3/219 polls in, Conservatives take the lead
Conservative, Rattée 19;
NDP, Bachrach 14;
Liberal, Birdi 8;
Green, Sawyer 4;
Christian Heritage, Taylor 3
1/219 polls in:
6:40 p.m. polls are closing soon here is a look so far:
“Green Party and Taylor Bachrach the top spenders on the social media platform,” by Alex Kurial
Taylor Bachrach, Mike Sawyer and Claire Rattée turned their attention to Facebook during the federal election campaign, targeting users of the site with a number of ads in their quest to become the new MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley.
According to the Facebook Ad Library report, the Skeena-Bulkley Valley Green Party, with Mike Sawyer as their candidate, were the top spenders, contributing $1,597 worth of ads to the social media platform since June. The majority of that amount, $960, came during the final week of the campaign. Overall they produced 36 separate ads, most of which focused on climate-related issues. Just two of the ads featured Sawyer himself.
NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach was not far behind, spending a total of $1,184 on Facebook ads. He got out to an earlier start though, with just $279 of this amount coming in the final week. Bachrach’s total ad count hit 50 by the time advertising season was up. Only seven of the ads did not feature a picture of Bachrach.
Conservative candidate Claire Rattée also pitched in some funds to the social media giant, spending $298 over the course of the campaign. Rattée was able to produce 22 ads with this amount though, as the majority of these were self-produced videos.
On the street Fort St. James with Aman Parhar at David Hoy Elementary School: “What issues is important to you this election?”
On the street in Prince Rupert with Cocullo: “What issues is important to you this election?”
Polling almost closes in Smithers:
Our on the scene reporters: