Jenny Kwan has retained the Vancouver East riding for the NDP in a surprisingly spirited battle with Liberal Edward Wong. Kwan’s win makes it the NDP’s 18th consecutive year the seat has gone orange. Previous NDP MP Libby Davies had held the seat since 1997. She announced her retirement earlier this year.
Traditionally left wing; the NDP has won all but two elections since the riding was first created 83 years ago.
Housing affordability and gentrification of low-income families have been some of the issues most eminent in the riding. Vancouver East is considered the most impoverished riding in Canada, with an average income of less than $24,000 annually.
This is the first time Jenny Kwan has run in a federal election, but she has been involved in politics for decades. She was the youngest city councillor elected in Vancouver’s history in 1993 and had been an MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant since 1996. She is a graduate from Simon Fraser University.
Kwan defeated fellow provincial NDP MLA Mable Elmore to win the nomination for the federal NDP seat in the Vancouver East riding earlier in March.
Kwan pledged during the campaign to build a better community in East Vancouver, including a better plan for affordable childcare, making clean energy a source of jobs, helping seniors, and working to repeal Bill C-51.