An earlier version of this story contained vote totals that did not include all of the mail-in ballots counted in some ridings. The story has now been updated with the latest information from Elections Canada.
Final results of the federal election have confirmed election night winners in all three North Shore ridings, following the counting of mail-in ballots.
All three North Shore Liberal incumbent MPs will keep their seats and return to Ottawa under a second minority government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
By far, the closest of the North Shore races was in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, where Liberal Patrick Weiler led Conservative John Weston by 2,000 votes by the end of election night.
Weiler was confirmed the winner Thursday afternoon, following the counting of over 6,000 mail-in ballots.
Weiler finished with 21,500 ballots – a popular vote of 33.9 per cent. Weston’s final count was 19,062 or 30 per cent overall.
The NDP’s Avi Lewis tally was 16,265 – 25.6 per cent overall. The Green Party’s Mike Simpson totalled 4,108 votes (6.5 per cent) and the People’s Party’s Doug Bebb netted 2,299 (3.6 per cent).
Final vote counting in North Vancouver was finished on Friday, confirming Liberal Jonathan Wilkinson as the winner in North Vancouver and Liberal Terry Beech as the winner in Burnaby North Seymour.
Wilkinson finished with 26,756 votes – the largest margin of victory in the North Shore ridings at 45.1 per cent of the popular vote. The Conservatives’ Les Jickling finished with 16,671 votes – 28.1 per cent.
The NDP’s Tammy Bentz got 11,750 votes – 19.8 per cent, while the Greens’ Archie Kaario earned 2,598 votes – 4.4 per cent. John Galloway of the People’s Party got 1,545 votes – 2.6 percent.
Over in Burnaby North Seymour, Beech reclaimed his seat with 19,445 votes – 39.5 per cent of the popular vote – besting his closest rival by over 10 per cent. Jim Hanson of the NDP got 14,318 votes – 29.1 per cent, while Kelsey Shein of the Conservatives got 12,535 votes – 25.5 per cent. The Greens’ Peter Dolling garnered 1,516 votes – 3.1 per cent and Brad Nickerson of the People’s Party got 1,370 votes – 2.8 per cent.
In all three ridings the final vote percentages budged very little following the counting of thousands of mail-in ballots, revealing those voters cast their ballots in very similar ways to those who voted at the polls on election day.
Voter turnout ranged from a low of 62 per cent in Burnaby North Seymour to almost 65 per cent in West Vancouver Sunshine Coast Sea to Sky Country and a high of 66 per cent in North Vancouver.