World News – CA – Langley and Chilliwack elect first-ever NDP MPs – NEWS 1130


CHILLIWACK / LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – Three ridings of Langley and Chilliwack elected their first-ever New Democrat MPs on Saturday

In all, four socially conservative candidates in long-standing British Columbia Liberal strongholds in the Fraser Valley faced serious challenges from progressives

In Chilliwack-Kent, incumbent Laurie Throness could fall into the hands of Kelli Paddon, a rookie candidate with experience as an advocate for people with a developmental disability

Throness has been the subject of controversy throughout the campaign Pride groups called for Throness to be removed as a Liberal candidate earlier this month He was at the center of controversy in June when ‘he bought ad from a conservative Christian magazine that championed conversion therapy Throness defended the move, refusing to remove its ads Despite appeals from advocacy organizations and condemnation from the NDP, Leader Andrew Wilkinson has not excluded Throness from the party

However, his comments comparing an NDP plan to provide free contraception to eugenics led to his resignation from the party Still listed as a BC Liberal on the ballot, Throness’ seat faces a daunting challenge Heading to Chilliwack-Kent alternating between him and Paddon on election night

In 2017, Throness easily won 49% of the vote, as the NDP took 36% Proximity to the 2020 race means that a winner is unlikely to be declared in Chilliwack-Kent until the ballots are cast. by mail will not be counted

FRASER VALLEY: Three ridings of Langley and Chilliwack elected their first-ever NDP MPs on Saturday Historic flip in three British Columbia Liberal strongholds # BCvotes2020 picTwittercom / EGHHNrYAOL

In Chilliwack, BC, Liberal Candiate John Martin has served as an MP since 2013 He advertised in the same publication as Throness, but never commented on the controversy, although other members of his party issued a public apology

Martin was defeated by school board president Dan Coulter During his tenure on the board, Coulter championed a rainbow crosswalk and condemned his colleague Barry Neufeld for s  » be opposed to SOGI-123 – a resource to support LGBTQ students and their families Neufeld was officially censored by the board in May for an article about Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, who has been widely condemned as a transphobic, and for spreading disinformation about COVID-19

In Langley East, two civic politicians clashed to replace British Columbia Liberal Rich Coleman, who had represented the riding since 1996

Langley Township councilor Margaret Kunst was criticized at the start of the campaign for voting against a rainbow crosswalk BC NDP and Langley Pride called on Liberals to drop out Kunst, but she remained the party candidate

Kunst was beaten by New Democrat Megan Dykeman, currently president of the Langley school board.She has been a staunch supporter of SOGI-123

In Langley, Mary Polak has occupied the British Columbia Liberal riding since 2005 She lost her seat to Andrew Mercier who would become the first NDP MP there since 1960 Polak served as board chair school in Surrey during most of the six-year struggle to ban books featuring same-sex parents from classrooms and district libraries in the late 1990s This battle went to court Supreme of Canada

The shift to the left is remarkable in a region of changing demographics and in a campaign where the British Columbia Liberal Party has been accused of failing to repudiate candidates with socially conservative views

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