COQUITLAM – PORT COQUITLAM
It’s a win that perhaps even the most optimistic of Liberal supporters couldn’t have seen coming.
Ron McKinnon, who also ran for the Liberals in the riding of Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam in 2008, claimed victory in his riding in a surprise win over Conservative candidate Douglas Horne and NDP candidate Sara Norman.
Despite the red tide which swept the nation, McKinnon was considered a third-party underdog in a riding where Horne was serving as an MLA for Coquitlam – Burke Mountain since 2009.
It was also a riding left up for grabs after Conservative incumbent and former federal minister James Moore opted not to run for re-election.
rights, keenly interested in his community’s cultural scene, and pushing for a sustainable economy.
The win in Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam is a significant one for the Liberals, as the area (previously known as Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam) had been a Conservative stronghold since 2000. Pundits would suggest outgoing federal minister James Moore’s decision to not run for re-election though undoubtedly opened the door for at least one of the challenging parties to wrestle power from the Conservatives.
PORT MOODY – COQUITLAM
Re-drawn boundaries didn’t play enough of a factor in Port Moody – Coquitlam, as voters have chosen to re-elect NDP incumbent Fin Donnelly.
Donnelly, who won by a slim 4.5 per cent margin in the 2011 federal election, fought off a stiff challenge from Conservative candidate Tim Laidler and the Liberals’ Jessie Adcock.
The boundaries for Donnelly’s riding had changed significantly for the 2015 election: It was previously known as New Westminster – Coquitlam, and this year New Westminster (traditionally NDP friendly) was removed completely and replaced with the communities of Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra.
A re-distributed version of the 2011 results show that had the new boundaries been in effect for 2015, Donnelly’s NDP would have lost to the Conservatives by a narrow 6 per cent margin.
Port Moody – Coquitlam is a community facing changes with the Evergreen Line expansion coming to streets within a year while also facing issues of seniors’ care and citizenship and immigration for new Canadians.
Donnelly, who has been the incumbent since 2009, has been a voice for healthy oceans and sustainable fisheries over the years and was vocal against the federal Conservatives’ decision to slash Coast Guard services, including the Kitsilano Coast Guard station.