Justin Trudeau will become Canada’s 23rd prime minister as the Liberals will form a majority government, and the local riding will also be represented by that party.
The Liberal Party is leading in 184 ridings, according to Elections Canada.
For a majority, 170 seats are required. The Liberals started with 34 seats.
Jubilant supporters packed the Liberal campaign office on Dewdney Trunk Road as the results were posted Monday.
“We knew we were going to win nationally,” said Dan Ruimy, Liberal candidate in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge. “We were hoping for a majority, and we knew people wanted change. That’s what I heard every day when I talked to people.”
The Conservatives lead in 99 ridings, while the NDP is ahead in 44.
The Bloc leads in 10 ridings.
Results are not official, but Mike Murray, Conservative candidate in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, has conceded defeat to Ruimy.
Mike Morden, a former Maple Ridge councillor, said at the Conservative campaign office that he was surprised by the Liberals’ national result.
“But what’s a surprise to me even more is the reason why they have it, which is the NDP meltdown,” he said.
‘It really concerns me the amount of money Justin [Trudeau] wants to spend.”
Locally, Ruimy leads with 17,605 votes, or 33.8 per cent, with all 187 polls counted.
Murray is second with 16,373, or 31.4 per cent.
NDP candidate Bob D’Eith is third with 15,450, or 29.6 per cent.
Peter Tam of the Green Party has 2,202 votes, followed by independent candidate Steve Ranta with 516.
Murray believes showing early poll results from back east while polls in the west remained open influenced some local voters.
“I do think it played a role because the [Liberals] did so well.”
Murray expected a close race between D’Eith and himself, but both fell victim to the “red wave.”
Murray also detected fatigue among Conservatives during the 78-day campaign.
“There’s a lot of Conservatives who said, ‘We’re just so tired.'”
Murray said the Conservative party needs rebuilding.
“You can’t be against something. You have to be for something.”
Local Liberal campaign manager Nicole Nouch was emotional after the wins nationally and in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge.
“In 30 years, we’re going to talking to our kids about this. It’s going to be one of those epic elections you remember.”
Ruimy said he was happy just with his party winning a national majority. For him to be leading locally, “Obviously, I’m ecstatic.”
Voter turnout in the riding: 52,146 of 71,682 registered electors, or 73 per cent cast ballots, not including those who registered on election day.