Former interim NDP leader Dawn Black welcomes byelection wins
Dawn Black, the former interim leader of the B.C. New Democrats, says the April 19 byelection results are a boost for her party. However, the New Westminster MLA maintains there is still work to be done before the next general election.
“I think it bodes very well for the New Democratic party in the future. However, we’re a year away from an election and a year in politics can be a lifetime,” Black told the Straight by phone today (April 20). “It’s not in the bag. We have to do our work. We have to present to British Columbians the kind of positive alternative they’re looking for.”
Last night, NDP candidate Joe Trasolini won the contest in the Port Moody-Coquitlam riding while party colleague Gwen O’Mahony received the most votes in Chilliwack-Hope, according to preliminary results.
“Clearly what is happening is that people are looking for change and they’re looking for positive change,” said Black, who does not plan to seek reelection. “In both campaigns the candidates and the NDP there ran positive campaigns talking about the things they want to accomplish and the things they want to see for British Columbia.”