Clark wins squeaker in Point Grey byelection

Premier Christy Clark trailed for part of the evening, but took a narrow victory over her NDP rival David Eby in a byelection in Vancouver-Point Grey Wednesday.

Premier Christy Clark trailed for part of the evening, but took a narrow victory over her NDP rival David Eby in a byelection in Vancouver-Point Grey Wednesday.

In a nail-biter finish, Clark took 7,371 votes to Eby’s 6,776 to capture the seat vacated by former premier Gordon Campbell.

Clark pulled ahead of Eby in the early counting, but Eby gained a slight lead with about a third of polling stations reported. With 87 of 134 ballot boxes counted, Clark led by a single vote.

It’s the first win by a government candidate in a B.C. by-election in more than three decades. The results won’t be official until May 18.

Eby, a lawyer best known as an advocate for anti-police protesters in Vancouver and his leading role in anti-Olympic demonstrations, moved to the Vancouver-Point Grey constituency to run in the by-election. He was assisted in his campaign by NDP leader Adrian Dix, who represents Vancouver-Kingsway in the B.C. legislature.

The Vancouver-Point Grey byelection was triggered by the resignation of Campbell, who held the seat through three elections and stepped down shortly after Clark was selected B.C. Liberal leader in February.

Without any challenge or recount, the result means Clark can take her seat in the legislature’s front bench before the legislature completes its current session, expected to be on June 2. But the close finish casts doubt on whether Clark’s win can be certified in time.

Also running in the by-election were B.C. Green Party candidate Francoise Raunet, BC First candidate Danielle Alie and independents Eddie Petrossian and William Gibbens.

Raunet finished a distant third with 511 votes, followed by Alie and the two independents.

Just Posted

B.C. Green Party pushes for wild salmon commissioner

The role would serve as a unifying force in the provincial government

BC Ferries confirms Northern Sea Wolf will not sail until mid-July

BC Ferries had hoped to get the vessel in September of last year, but it didn’t arrive until December

UPDATED: Horgan says B.C. defending its interests in Trans Mountain pipeline

Canadian finance minister’s update comes the same day Kinder Morgan shareholders plan to meet

5 things to know about B.C. Floods 2018

Snowpacks continue to melt causing thousands to be displaced, dozens of local states of emergency

Black Press Media to launch Pipeline Full of Controversy series

Series covers Trans Mountain’s history, science, Indigenous reaction, politics and economics

Abbotsford high school teacher charged with sexual offences involving two youths

Henry Kang, 50, charged with two counts each sex assault and sexual exploitation

Toronto Raptors star to hold basketball camp in B.C.

DeMar DeRozan is hosting a four-day camp for players aged 6-16 at the University of Victoria

Military college students accused of violating Qur’an with bacon

Alleged acts by four cadets from the Royal Military College in Quebec caught on video

Canucks sign top prospect Elias Pettersson to entry-level deal

Slick centre drafted No. 5 overall in 2017 NHL draft

Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps to 1,600 hectares overnight

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 1,600 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Former B.C. police chief dies in ATV accident

Ex-Nelson top cop began his career in Vancouver

Referendum in Ireland would repeal strict ban on abortion

Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country’s strict ban on most abortions.

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows

The Kilauea volcano has been gushing lava on the big island of Hawaii for the past three weeks.

Most Read