Tamara Taggart defeated by longtime NDP candidate Don Davies

Oct 22 2019, 3:54 am

Tamara Taggart will not be representing Vancouver in Canada’s capital.

The longtime advocate and former TV news anchor was defeated by NDP candidate Don Davies — who clinched the key battleground riding of Vancouver Kingsway Monday night.

The NDP’s Davies has held the riding for the past 11 years. He was first elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Vancouver Kingsway was seen as a strategic battleground riding for the Liberals, with Taggart — a mother-of-three and star candidate — seen as a strong contender to take the seat, despite her newcomer status in the political world.

Justin Trudeau held a rally there alongside Taggart just hours after asking the Governor General to dissolve parliament last month.

Taggart campaigned with a priority on housing, pushing Justin Trudeau’s $50-billion, 10-year National Housing Strategy — something Davies voted against.

In the last Parliamentary session, Davies served as the NDP’s Health Care Critic. Previous to that, he served as the official opposition critic for International Trade, Citizenship and Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Public Safety and National Security.

He has introduced more legislation in the House of Commons than any MP in the country, according to his NDP bio.

That legislation includes plans for a national school nutrition program, free post-secondary tuition for students with special needs. He is currently the co-chair of the Global Health Caucus and the Parliamentary Friends of the UN, an Executive Member of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association and the Canada-China Parliamentary Association, and a Canadian Delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Earlier this year, Davies penned an op-ed for Daily Hive advocating for a universal dental care plan, calling dental services a “glaring omission” in Canada’s public health care system.

Vancouver Kingsway is home to over 100,000 people, with a large Chinese-Canadian population.

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