In what was expected to be a Conservative-NDP showdown, the Liberals have once again tonight shown they are a force to be reckoned with. Liberal candidate Terry Beech has won with a healthy lead.
All four of the candidates, including the Green, were considered strong contenders in this newly formed electorate; a start-up CEO, a former provincial court chief judge, a former district councillor, and a respected scientist among them.
However, earlier today and with 2 hours to go in this campaign, Green candidate Lynn Quarmby all but conceded when she told CKNW reporter Jeremy Lye that support for her hadn’t translated into votes. She was right, with about 18,30 votes at the time of this writing, while Beech sits comfortably at around 12,800, NDP 10,000 and Conservatives 9,900.
But regardless of the calibre of the candidates or the polling, it was the issues that did it for Terry Beech. While the Kinder Morgan pipeline may have been the biggest and loudest one for this electorate (also for some living outside of it), but it was housing and the economy that dominated talk on Hastings Street, both issues tied up in concerns over whether the housing affordability crunch would soon start to bite in the Burnaby region.
There’s little rest in store for Burnaby North-Seymour’s first MP, his opponents can at least take comfort in that one of the hardest slogs of their lives is now behind them.