A region of Metro Vancouver packed with swing ridings, Burnaby and the Tri-Cities could be make or break for either the NDP or the Liberals on the road to government.
Meanwhile, several seats in Coquitlam and Port Moody are also up for grabs.
Robinson holds on
It’s back-to-back victories for the NDP’s Selina Robinson.
Robinson has won the Coquitlam-Maillardville seat over Liberal challenger Steve Kim.
She barely edged by Kim four years ago, defeating him by just 41 votes — the closest race in that election, and one that went to a judicial recount.
This is the fourth consecutive provincial election where the NDP has won this riding.
The Liberals last won the seat in 2001, when now-mayor Richard Stewart took 57 per cent of the vote.
Glumac takes Port Moody
For the first time since 1991, Port Moody will be painted orange, with New Democrat Rick Glumac defeating BC Liberal incumbent Linda Reimer.
Four years ago, NDP candidate and former Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini lost this race by just 543 votes.
Several Liberals have come and gone in Port Moody, including Iain Black and (former) Premier Christy Clark.
The last and only NDP politician to hold a seat for Port Moody was Barbara Copping following the provincial election nearly 26 years ago.
NDP hold Burnaby-Lougheed
Katrina Chen will have to make her leave of absence from her job as a Burnaby school trustee permanent, after securing the battleground riding.
Chen defeated former Global BC morning man Steve Darling, who was running for the BC Liberals, and former D.O.A. lead guitarist Joe Keithley who was running for the BC Green Party.
The win is a big one for the NDP, as this is a seat the BC Liberals were hoping to take back.
Harry Bloy represented the riding for the BC Liberals after its creation in 2009.
The NDP managed to take it away in 2013 with Jane Shin’s victory, by a margin of just 743 votes. She announced in 2016 she was not seeking re-election.
NDP crack Liberals’ Burnaby North stronghold
Now, the elusive Burnaby-North has fallen to the NDP making it second-time lucky for Janet Routledge, who lost to incumbent Liberal Richard T. Lee by just 668 votes in 2013.
For many in this riding, the biggest issue has been the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
“I am the only one who has actively participated in opposing the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion, and we are rallying around that,” Routledge told CKNW.
Burnaby-North’s reputation as a must-win riding looks set to continue well into the next B.C. election campaign.
Isaacs beats Wickens in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
Isaacs says after speaking to voters, she found the top three issues were health care, education, and infrastructure.
She says one of the biggest issues in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain is transit.
Isaacs says she will push for more buses to reach stations along the Evergreen Extension so her constituents are more connected to transit.
Isaacs ran in the 2016 by-election losing to New Democrat Wickens by just 690 votes – however, less than a quarter of registered voters ticked their ballots two years ago.
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