Wilson goes from candidate to busing tables 

Late results from Sunshine Coast give Reynolds third term as West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast MP

Blair Wilson seemed to have one of the biggest upsets in local political history in the bag.

There had not been a Liberal elected in the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast area since Jack Davis in 1972, and in the 2000 election Conservative MP John Reynolds beat the Liberal candidate Ian McKay by more than 11,000 votes.

Despite the odds it appeared early Monday that Wilson had done it.

The result was so sensational a CBC television crew arrived early for an interview with him and prompted a minor victory speech.

Then the results from the last two polling stations in the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast riding arrived.

And now instead of being a Liberal MP in Ottawa, Wilson will be "busing tables" at his new restaurant.

Wilson demanded a lot of televised election coverage on Monday night because until about 10.30 p.m. it appeared he was going to beat one of Canada’s most experienced and respected politicians.

Reynolds has been in and out of federal and provincial politics since 1972 and was the co-chairman of the Conservative’s campaign.

Many believed he would be one of Stephen Harper’s most senior ministers if not the Deputy Prime Minister had the Conservatives won enough seats to form the government.

What made matters more crucial was the fact that the election results were going the wrong way for the Conservatives, so they simply could not afford to lose a candidate such as Reynolds.

But more than three hours after the polls closed Monday evening, the polling results from Sechelt and Powell River arrived. Reynolds was suddenly safe and Wilson’s hopes were promptly dashed.

Wilson had won battles in polling booths across the riding, including Squamish, Whistler and most of West Vancouver, but the residents of Sechelt and Powell River remained unconvinced and gave the majority of their votes to the New Democrat and Conservative parties.

When that result was announced Wilson said he retreated outside to listen to his 12-year-old son Bo.

Wilson said it was a defining moment in his campaign to listen to his son read a victory speech he would never have the opportunity to read in public.

"I’m choking up here just thinking about it," admitted Wilson the day after the election.

Despite the loss, Wilson and his team, led by campaign manager Katrina Carroll, have been encouraged to "stick around" by several Liberal party heavyweights.

"This is the first time I’ve done this and the first time my campaign manager ever ran a campaign and we’re going up against 30 years of experience.

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