Green Party of B.C. sits out Port Moody–Coquitlam and Chilliwack-Hope by-elections
The Green Party of B.C. is releasing its members and supporters in Port Moody–Coquitlam and Chilliwack-Hope to decide for themselves what to do in connection with the by-elections called in these electoral districts.
Since the party isn’t participating in the two balloting contests scheduled for April 19, the Straight asked B.C. Green leader Jane Sterk whether local members can expect a recommendation on who to vote for among the candidates of the three other major parties. Or perhaps some form of guidance on how to make their choices?
“No,” Sterk said in a phone interview. “We respect our members’ choices. And we’re not endorsing anyone. It’s not our intention to endorse anyone, so Green party members or supporters will have to make a choice if they choose to vote.”
In the 2009 general election, the Greens earned 1,261, or 6.5 percent, of the 19,134 valid votes cast in Port Moody–Coquitlam. In Chilliwack-Hope, the Greens got 951, or 5.6 percent, of the 16,865 valid votes.
The Green party decided back in December to skip the by-elections. Writing on her blog then, Sterk stated that the party wants to focus its energies on the 2013 general election.
B.C. Liberal candidate Dennis Marsden, New Democrat Joe Trasolini, and B.C. Conservative Christine Clarke are squaring off in Port Moody–Coquitlam. B.C. Liberal Laurie Throness, the NDP’s Gwen O’Mahony, and B.C. Conservative John Martin are competing in Chilliwack-Hope.