World News – CA – BC election results: Several Fraser Valley races too close together


The traditionally Tory stronghold of Chilliwack-Kent was at a standstill on Saturday night, as incumbent Laurie Throness and NDP candidate Kelli Paddon each got 32% of the vote and 57 of the 90 polls Throness reported had been kicked off the Liberal ticket less than two weeks before the election after making controversial comments comparing the NDP’s birth control plan to eugenics

In Langley, NDP candidate Andrew Mercier quickly took a solid lead over incumbent Mary Polak, who has served the Liberal constituency since 2005 In an interview with Postmedia ahead of the polls closed on election night, Polak said cited the split between the Liberals and Conservatives as a contributing factor and said she would wait until the mailed ballots are counted

In Langley East, a reliable Liberal seat previously held by Rich Coleman, NDP candidate Megan Dykeman quickly took the lead over Liberal candidate Margaret Kunst

Surprises in Fraser Valley may be due to demographic shift Transportation was a key issue in the region, where the NDP was able to capitalize on its pledge of $ 1 Billion SkyTrain extension to Langley

In Abbotsford South, Liberal candidate Bruce Banman, former mayor and city councilor, had a strong lead over NDP candidate Inder Johal with 58 out of 102 polls

Banman advocated for mass transit and the expansion of Route 1 and touted a rapid rail transit system that could serve commuters and link the area to Metro Vancouver Banman replaces Darryl Plecas, who has won the Liberal riding in 2013 and again in 2017, but stepped down to sit as an independent after becoming Speaker of the House in 2017

There were 7,465 postal ballots representing 165% of the voters in the constituency

In Abbotsford-Mission, NDP candidate Pam Alexis quickly took the lead over Liberal incumbent Simon Gibson, but later that night, with 76 of 99 polls, Gibson had taken the lead by a slim margin Gibson has been in the seat since 2013

In Abbotsford West, outgoing Mike de Jong looked set to win for an eighth time as MP, ahead of NDP candidate Preet Rai by a good margin Tory Michael Henshall lags behind in third, with Kevin Eastwood for the Greens and Sukhi Gill for BC Vision further back Abbotsford West voters have requested 5,231 postal votes

In Langley, New Democrat candidate Andrew Mercier, who campaigned largely on the promise of transit, had a decisive lead over outgoing Liberal Mary Polak, winning 42% of the vote with 80 out of 92 ridings The change of seat in the historically right-wing constituency came as no surprise – demographics are changing in Langley due to the growth of affordable family neighborhoods and young professionals and families influenced by the NDP’s promises on transportation in common, child care and housing affordability The seat has been occupied by Liberal Mary Polak since 2005 Almost 19% of voters have requested postal ballots, so 8,944 remain to be counted

A close battle unfolded in Langley East between Liberal Margaret Kunst and Megan Dykeman of the NDP, with Dykeman and Kunst at 37% and 36% respectively, with nearly all polls reporting Conservative candidate Ryan Warawa won Langley East predicts 11,799 postal votes have yet to be counted

Chilliwack-Kent was one of the most contested ridings of the night in the Lower Mainland, the first being traded between Liberal candidate Laurie Throness and NDP Kelli Paddon With 70 if 89 polls, Paddon leads with 33% votes, against 32% for Throness

Jason Lum, Chilliwack city councilor since 2011 and considered a favorite before election night, had 25% and may have split the left vote

Chilliwack looked like a solid prospect for NDP candidate Dan Coulter, who won 35% of the vote with 54 out of 82 polls, against incumbent Liberal MP John Martin with 30% Diane Janzen, who ran for Conservatives (after running for federal Liberals) had 20% Chilliwack voters demanded 5,809 mail-in ballots

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Chilliwack, Chilliwack-Kent, Laurie Throness, 42nd general election in British Columbia, Elections BC

News from the world – CA – BC election results: several races in the valley of the Fraser too close together



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