In what was one of the closer races in BC tonight, Conservative MP Alice Wong squeaked in for a third term as Conservative MP for the riding of Richmond Centre. The decision came down to the final votes, with Wong finishing just over 400 votes ahead of Liberal Lawrence Woo.
Both federally and provincially, Richmond Centre has historically stuck with right-wing parties, with the exception of Liberal Raymond Chan holding the riding from 1993-2000, and again from 2004-2008.
This is Wong’s third win in the riding. Last election she beat her nearest challenger, Liberal candidate Joe Peschisolido by 39 percent.
Wong emigrated from Hong Kong in 1980, and before being elected to Parliament in 2008, taught entrepreneurship and English as a Second Language at Vancouver Community College.
She is also Canada’s Minister of State for seniors.