Preliminary Canada election 2008 results:
CONSERVATIVES - 144
LIBERALS - 74
BLOC QUEBECOIS - 50
NDP - 38
INDEPENDENTS - 2
These are subject to change as the night goes on and will be updated here every 20 minutes. Last updated: 8:40 PST
Current prediction; Tory minority
Canadian Press Newswire filed a story declaring a Tory victory before the polls in BC had returned results. Read the Canadian Press story, "Harper Tories win federal election."
Canada election 2008 results headlines:
TV reports coming in from Atlantic Canada have Green Party leader Elizabeth May conceding defeat in her riding. The Green party leader has lost her seat to her Conservative party rival Peter MacKay.
Green Leader Elizabeth May has lost her bid to unseat Conservative incumbent Peter MacKay in the Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova.
With 200 out of 217 polls reporting, MacKay led with 46.8 per cent of the popular vote to May's 32 per cent. NDP candidate Louise Lorefice trailed with 19.6 per cent of the votes cast.
"All of you who are here tonight have made the difference in turning this camp into one that grabbed national attention, not because we were tilting at windmills but because we set out to do something right and we set out to do it for the right reasons," May told supporters at her campaign office.
MacKay has now won his riding five consecutive times. He was the defence minister in Stephen Harper's cabinet when the election was called.
"Thank you for your confidence," MacKay told supporters after he claimed victory. "Public life is nothing without you."
Riding watch: expected results in key ridings or for high profile candidates
Two high profile Liberals win their seats (CBC):
Marc Garneau, Canada's first astronaut expected to win his riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie. All the networks have declared him victorious in his Quebec riding. See the CBC results for Westmount-Ville-Marie. In 2006, Garneau lost in the riding of Papineau to Bloc Quebecois candidate Vivian Barbot. In 2008, Barbot is up against Justin Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, expected to win in his riding of Papineau (Montreal). This one is a close race, some networks are reluctant to make the call, but CBC is already declaring Trudeau as the winner. Track the most up-to-date returns for Justin Trudeau in Papineau (Montreal) at CBC.com
The son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau will follow his father's footsteps to Parliament Hill.
Justin Trudeau has been elected as member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Papineau.
He beat Bloc Québécois incumbent Vivian Barbot.
The Liberal Party and Bloc Québécois focused much of their attention on the Papineau riding and the Trudeau-Barbot fight during this campaign.
Trudeau, 36, is a bone fide political star and choice recruit for the Grits, despite his inexperience.
He left a teaching career to run for the Liberals, who hoped Trudeau would help revive their deflated fortunes in Quebec, in the wake of the sponsorship scandal.
The Papineau riding was once a Liberal stronghold, where former foreign affairs minister Pierre Pettigrew was elected three times.
The Bloc's Vivian Barbot, a Quebecer of Haitian descent, won the seat in 2006 by 990 votes.
Conservatives take an unexpected early lead in BC:
British Columbia has declared its first winner; Conservative Jim Abbott from the riding of Kootney-Columbia.
Incumbent James Moore, was 24 years old when he first won his riding of Port Moody-Westwood, and is one of the youngest MPs ever elected to office. He has been declared the winner again.