Todd: 'We've had a hard night'

With his own performance mirroring that of his party's leader, Liberal candidate Murray Todd conceded it was a difficult night to wear red.

"We're disappointed, but it is what it is," Todd said during his concession speech Monday night.

Speaking to a group of 18 supporters at his downtown campaign office, Todd blamed a two-year barrage of Conservative attack ads and a country hungry for left-leaning opposition for the Liberal's poor showing in the polls.

"It made it very difficult for us to turn this big ship around," he said.

But Todd maintained his party has a strong leader in Michael Ignatieff, who would have delivered on a solid and progressive campaign platform had the Liberals remained the opposition.

"It's just a shame it didn't turn out the way we all wanted it to," he said. "We're still a good party."

Others were not so kind. Larry Madsen, Todd's brother-in-law, blamed Ignatieff for the party and Todd's defeat. He said the Liberal leader is not dynamic enough to be a politician.

"And that hurt Murray," he said.

The crowd at Todd's Seymour Street office let out a collective groan when it was announced that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had secured a majority government.

Long-time Liberal Donna Marchand dramatically held a hand to her forehead and sighed.

"I think Harper is just abominable," she said. "I think this is the worst-case scenario possible."

She believes Ignatieff did a great job and would have worked hard to get Canada's seat at the United Nations back, said Marchand.

Ernie Cordonier, Todd's campaign manager, believes Canadians wanted an opposition in stark contrast to the Conservatives - and that hurt the Liberals the most.

"I think they really wanted more of a division. The Liberals needed to stand a little more to the left," said Cordonier.

And as for Todd, he vowed he'd run again in 2015 if local Liberals will have him.

"I'll stick around if they'll let me," he said.

jhewlett@kamloopsnews.ca

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