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The NDP retains power while Sheila Malcolson won Nanaimo by choice



NRP BC was held in place in Nanaimo, and their narrow leadership in the legislature, with a victory in the election on Wednesday night.

Former MP Shila Malcolson won the seat with a comfortable margin, with 10,538 votes with 49.22 per cent of the vote.

"Obviously, governments usually do not win by delegating," Prime Minister John Horgan told the crowd, noting the historic trend that regularly delivers parties to opposition parties.

"But with the candidate of Shilla's caliber and the hard work of people in this room and the whole city, we returned to a new democrat in Nanaimo, the project continues, the government is on the way."

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"We have a lot of work to do. We are building affordable housing, expanding childcare, we get an emergency health care center, more doctors for people," Malcolson said.

"We stand and protect the shore, we are defending the risk of expanded oil tankers. We protect them from oil leakage and protect the jobs that make it.

"We will ensure prosperity is shared. We have the strongest jobs, we currently have the strongest economy in the country, but we must be sure that it is common to everyone, it is our primary directive."

Malcolm went to the top of the Liberal candidate Tony Harris, who managed to win 8,665 votes with 40.47 per cent of the vote.

Harris said he was in peace with the decision and would continue to fight for Nanaimo's interests.

"I jumped in this race because I wanted to ensure that this choice was about Nanaimo, and the other parties made that provincial issue and I was focused on holding a campaign focused on Nanaimo, which raised the profile of our city. We talked about aspirational ideas for the future, whether it's health care, a university or a port, "he said.

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"That's what we need to fight for."

However, despite failing to capture the seat, the Wednesday result was an improvement for the Liberals during the 2017 election, when they only managed 32.5% of the vote.

The Greens GP gathered just seven percent of the vote, a huge disappointment for a party that hoped to compete as equal in the race.

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The choice was most anticipated in BC. history due to the stakes for the provincial government.

By winning the seat, the NDP now has 41 seats in the province's legislature. With the support of the Greens, the government is expected to be able to further adopt the proposals for confidence and legislation.

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Leonard Krog of the NDP had previously held the seat. The Krog retreated after winning the mayor of Nanaimo in October.

Malkomson said the message he heard most at the door is that voters are satisfied with what the NDP government does, especially when it comes to accessibility and investment in health care.

"People here are focused on local issues," Malcolson said.

"I am very focused on implementing what NRP has made provincial.

"At the doorstep, people are worried about problems with bread and butter. People have many stories about elders who are treated badly, overcrowding, people get stuck in emergency rooms and we are able to clean it up."

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One of the other factors in the selection was the publication of the Pletzs Report.

Liberals of the SR Liberals were more closely linked to the NDP scandal, due to the mention in Plekas' Report at meetings that Craig James had taken over with high-profile Liberals.

"The more we learn about the culture of law under the Liberals, the more I hear from people how disgusting it is," Malcolson said.

Malcompson will officially be sworn in as MLP after confirming the election results.

She is expected to be in the legislative power from the time when speech from the throne will be read on February 12th.

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