On the surface it looks like a safe riding for the BC Liberals, but a closer look at past election results for Burnaby North shows it’s always been a too-close-to-call riding.
It might appear to be a Liberal stronghold, being held by the party since 2001, but incumbent Richard T. Lee has never kept it by more than 1000 votes.
The NDP’s Janet Routledge is once again challenging for the riding after losing to Lee back in 2013.
But she faces a challenge of her own from the Greens’ Peter Hallschmidt, who denies splitting the progressive vote in favour of the Liberals.
He says he’s appealing to voters who are sick of the Clark Liberals, but can’t bring themselves to vote NDP.
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Of the issues, the nearby Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion serves as arguably the biggest amongst voters CKNW has spoken with in this must-win riding.
It’s an issue that might turn the tide for the pipeline-disavowing NDP, with opposition against the expansion being higher in Burnaby North than any other riding in the province.
In a previous interview with CKNW, Hallschmidt hoped that opposition would translate to a higher voter turnout this time around, as roughly half of eligible voters came out to the polls in 2013.
We will have more on this riding as the night goes on.