Conservative Mel Arnold shows his enthusiasm after being announced winner of the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding Monday night at his Vernon campaign office.

Election 2015: Collapse of Tory government disappoints

Tensions were high in North Okanagan-Shuswap Conservative Mel Arnold’s campaign office Monday evening as a sea of red swept Canada.

Tensions were high in Conservative Mel Arnold’s campaign office Monday evening as a sea of red swept Canada.

“It disappoints me of course, I would’ve liked to have seen a stronger showing from my counterparts in the east,” said Arnold, the North Okanagan-Shuswap’s new MP.

With Stephen Harper stepping down, a new Conservative leader will be sought.

“It’s his decision to make and the party will make a decision on who the new leader is and what direction we will take,” said Arnold.

It was an emotional evening in the Vernon campaign office as local Conservatives watched the Liberals take over federally.

“I’m disappointed nationally,” said Darrel Stinson, a veteran MP locally. “But we did our job here in the constituency.”

Although the results surprised Stinson he was “not terribly shocked.”

Retiring MP Colin Mayes had a few tugs on his heartstrings as he watched the results roll in.

“I’ve seen a number of my colleagues that I worked with that didn’t get re-elected and I’m sad for them,” said Mayes, as his government collapsed. “I feel we did a good job as a government and obviously people wanted a change.”

Mayes was a little taken aback to see the crush of orange.

“I think the biggest surprise is the collapse of the NDP support, they were front runners and then all of a sudden people realized.”

Although red swept the country, Mayes sees some common ground between the two leading parties.

“We have different views the Conservatives and Liberals, but ultimately we agree on one thing: we don’t want socialism in this country.”


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