The hottest race in this cluster of seats is Delta North, a swing riding won by the BC Liberals in 2013 by just over 200 votes, with incumbent Scott Hamilton defeating the NDP’s Sylvia Bishop.
In the past, the riding has been fertile ground for both major parties, with the NDP holding it for two terms before Hamilton won, and the Liberals holding it for two terms prior to that.
The majority of the remaining seats are considered relatively safe territory for the BC Liberals, with the NDP failing to break through in three of the four ridings since 1972; the fourth is a new riding based on areas that voted Liberal in 2013 as well.
Kahlon breaks through
Kahlon beat his Liberal rival by more than 1,800 votes.
“The large victory I didn’t expect, I thought it was going to be much closer than that,” said Kahlon.
“I actually thought maybe it would be a larger turnout from the advance vote because the numbers were so high, so I was a little surprised the turnout wasn’t that much higher, but still a good result.”
A former national field hockey player and two-time Olympian, Kahlon has lived in North Delta with his family for about 10 years. For the last six years he worked as the Director of Stakeholder Relations for the NDP Caucus and as a liaison working between the party and labour, environment and business groups.
“The issues that people cared about in my community were in our campaign, you know affordability, services like education and healthcare.”
The suburban riding east of Highway 91, including Annacis Island, with a population of more than 55,000 residents, has flipped back and forth between the BC NDP and Liberals for almost 20 years.
In 2013 the riding was one of the closest calls of the campaign, with Hamilton winning by just 203 votes; The two terms before that, it was held by the NDP.
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