Reporter Carlito Pablo is on the scene at the B.C. NDP's headquarters at the Vancouver Convention Centre tonight (May 14), filing observations, items of interest, and up to the minute infomation. Check back throughout the night for the latest news.
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10:50 p.m.: At 10:20 p.m., B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix mounted the stage to deliver his concession speech.
He told supporters that he has called B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark to congratulate her on her party's victory in the May 14 election.
"It is our responsibility, it is our duty to accept that decision," Dix said.
He said that if there is one disappointment that he had, other than the overall result of the race, "it's that we haven't managed to raise issues of participation in our democracy". He was referring to the low voter turnout.
"We are disappointed but we are unbowed," Dix said about the outcome of the election. " We're going to continue to work for the things that New Democrats have always worked for, to continue to do it in a positive way."
He also said that there are lessons to be learned from the campaign but he cautioned that these shouldn't be the "wrong lessons".
"We ran a positive, forward looking campaign," Dix said. "We fought hard together. We didn't criticize one another. We worked hard. That's something that I'm very proud of."
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9:56 p.m.: At 9:45 p.m., the Straight asked re-elected Vancouver-Hastings MLA Shane Simpson what appears to have happened with his party's supposed cakewalk to Victoria.
Here's how Simpson responded:
"Well I think that first of that there’s still a lot of polls to count. They have counted less than half the polls, I’m looking for the rest of the polls to the counted. It’s obviously very close.
"Clearly the pollsters who picked the bigger percentage you know the pollsters will have to talk about that tomorrow. But at this point, I’m still looking forward to counting the 50 or so polls in many of these constituencies."
9:39 p.m.: Reelected Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA Jenny Kwan is rallying the troops.
As trends continue to indicate a B.C. Liberal upset of what looked to be an easy ride for New Democrats, Kwan bravely tells supporters at the Vancouver Convention Centre: "The night is young. The night is young."
Don't worry, Kwan assured, saying "The orange wave is coming."
9:21 p.m.: A sense of nervousness seem to have descended at the B.C. NDP gathering. As partial results show B.C. Liberals leading the race, the less enthusiastic the crowd has become.
Reelected Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert just returned to the stage to announce the new batch of winners from the party. These include Michelle Mungall of Nelson-Creston.
The question now really is this: what happened?
After leading poll after poll, the B.C. NDP appear to be headed for collapse.
The mood here really isn't a joyous one.
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9:00 p.m.: About an hour after the polls closed, the loudest cheer so far has erupted at the B.C. NDP party event. It's the news that party Adrian Dix has won Vancouver-Kingsway.
This was announced on the stage by Jenny Kwan, herself an early winner, having secured another term in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.
Kwan promised the crowd more good news is going to roll in as the night progresses.
8:50 p.m.: Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Herbert is the first to officially take to the stage.
To loud cheers, Herbert announced the first batch of re-elected MLAs by the party: Jenny Kwan of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, Rob Fleming of Victoria-Swan Lake, and Scott Fraser of Alberni-Pacific Rim.
According to Herbert, he and Kwan will be the first to host the evening party.
8:25 p.m.: The B.C. NDP faithful start filling seats around the main stage as initial election results begin trickling in.
Excitement is steadily building. Applause greets the scene as very preliminary figures indicate longtime New Democrat MLA Jenny Kwan leading in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. Not much of a surprise there though.
8:04 p.m.: Three giant screens, a huge B.C. flag, a circular podium with an orange podium marked NDP, and 12 rows of seats.
These are the images at the centre of the B.C. NDP election night gathering at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Earlier around 7:30 p.m., a production crew practised some of the moves that may be seen later tonight.
A stand-in was introduced as B.C. NDP president Moe Sihota and spoke a few words at the podium. Another stand-in was also introduced as Mable Elmore, the party's representative in Vancouver-Kensington. The stand-in Elmore introduced B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix. It was all a practice.