Managing New Democracy in British Columbia held a key place in Nanaimo's election on Wednesday.
The chances do not support the ruling party in BC. cross-election, but Nanaimo is traditionally a NDP stronghold. Opposition Liberals were unable to make a breakthrough given exactly half of the voters in the legislature, paving the way for early provincial elections.
Former NDP MP Shila Malcolson will now sit in the province. She takes over the headquarters of the long-standing NLA MLA Leonard Krog, who last autumn resigned to run for mayor of Nanaimo.
This means that the minority government of Prime Minister John Horgan and its allies of the Green Party continue to have 44 seats, of the Liberals 42. The independent MLA Daril Plekas serves as president.
"We brought back the new Democrat in Nanaimo," Horgan told a fierce crowd. "Obviously, governments often do not win additional elections," he said, his voice was hoarse.
"Nanaimo was not surprised at the election, it turned out," Malcolson said. She addressed the key issues that the NDP played in the campaign – affordable housing, new acute care and continuous opposition to the Trans-Mountain oil pipeline. "This is the real government for these difficult issues," she added later.
With 98 of the 111 polls, the NDP had nearly 49 per cent of the vote, while liberals Tony Harris had just under 41 per cent. Greens had seven percent.
The link in the legislature will not result in an immediate collapse of the current government, but the neutrality of the House Speaker would be tested, as Mr. Plekas would be called to vote to support the government on issues of trust.
During the campaign, Mr Horgan visited him four times during the past month, while his government found money for a new $ 34 million intensive hospital care unit, in addition to new funding for classrooms.
Ms. Malkomson left her place as an MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith to get a chance to enter the provincial politics. Although the Greens took 20% of the vote in the 2017 election, she claimed that there was always a race between herself and Mr. Harris – a return to the traditional two-party system that usually divides B.C. voters.
Mr. Harris, a local businessman and philanthropist, voters should focus on what is best for Nanaimo, not the dynamics in Victoria. He introduced himself as a fresh person without real ties to the party that ruled with B.C. 16 years before the anxiety in 2017.
To the NDP campaign party, as the results were stunned and Ms. Malcolson's lead was strengthened, the rookie Paul Faaroau, president of the KUPE BC, stressed that the game of the NDP-field was fully activated in the additional elections . He saw little evidence, he said, for the liberal workers in the campaign to knock on the doors. The biggest question he heard on the threshold was that the voters did not want B.C. to head to new general elections.
The Liberals hoped to use the so-called "speculative tax" of the government, demanding Nanaim's voters to declare their tax dissatisfaction with the NDP government.
The tax, released last February in the provincial budget, was initially described as targeting non-residents who do not pay income tax in BC. but they own a home there. It was used with other measures that the government designed to "stabilize" the red-and-white housing market.
However, the tax is expected to capture many British Columbians who have holiday homes, and details of tax forms land in mailboxes of Nanaimo's homeowners – one of the urban regions where this applies – just like the election campaign in the middle – a report.
But the scandal over alleged misuse of spending in BC Legislation then undertook the tax debate. Liberals faced questions about how the alleged pattern of lavish spending and personal enrichment by unelected officials eradicated while they were in government.
The green candidate, Michele Ney, said her party had a momentum in the campaign, saying voters were frustrated with the two major parties.
Mrs. Ney also surrendered to her surname – she is the daughter of Frank Ney, who served as mayor of Nanaimo, 21, and was one of the few candidates for Social Loans to stop the NDP to maintain the horseback riding.