Preliminary results show a strong NDP win for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. The New Democrats also won in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, but just barely, with the BC Liberals not far behind.
Melanie Mark with the NDP had more than 60% of the vote. Coquitlam’s race was much tighter; there was only a difference of about 8% between the NDP’s Jodie Wickens and the BC Liberal’s Joan Isaacs.
Final results won’t be available to the public until Tuesday, February 9.
Vancity Buzz spoke with political analyst Dave Moscrop while ballots were still being cast, and he predicted a Liberal win for Coquitlam and an NDP win for Vancouver.
Moscrop said he thought there wouldn’t be any surprises with this election, but stresses the importance of making your voice heard.
“It is a chance to send a message. If you’re dissatisfied with the party, it is a chance to send that message.”
The byelections were called earlier in January to fill voids left behind by left by NDP MLA Jenny Kwan and Liberal Doug Horne.