Without Constance Barnes, the NDP may run only two female candidates in Vancouver
The failure of Constance Barnes to win the NDP nomination in Vancouver–False Creek has left her party with a shortage of female candidates in the city.
Barnes, a two-term park commissioner, lost yesterday to digital-media entrepreneur Matt Toner. He's the fifth male to be nominated for the NDP in Vancouver in less than a year.
MLAs Mable Elmore (Vancouver-Kensington) and Jenny Kwan (Vancouver–Mount Pleasant) may end up being the only women among the 11 NDP candidates running in Vancouver in next year's provincial election.
Leader Adrian Dix (Vancouver-Kingsway) and incumbents Spencer Chandra Herbert (Vancouver–West End) and Shane Simpson (Vancouver-Hastings) are also seeking reelection.
The other nominated candidates in Vancouver are David Eby (Vancouver–Point Grey), George Chow (Vancouver-Langara), George Heyman (Vancouver-Fairview), and Gabriel Yiu (Vancouver-Fraserview).
Two male environmentalists, Chris Moon and Nicholas Scapillati, are scrapping it out for the final NDP nomination in the city in Vancouver-Quilchena. It's probably the safest B.C. Liberal seat in the province.
Given the make-up of the slate in Vancouver, don't be surprised if NDP officials try to persuade a high-profile female, such as former park commissioner Loretta Woodcock, to carry the party's banner in Vancouver-Quilchena to improve the optics.
Despite the shortage of female candidates in Vancouver, Dix will have no shortage of women from the Lower Mainland to choose for his cabinet should the NDP win the next election.
In addition to Elmore and Kwan, the party is represented by Kathy Corrigan in Burnaby–Deer Lake and Sue Hammell in Surrey–Green Timbers. Meanwhile, veteran trade unionist Judy Darcy is expected to win a seat in New Westminster, Delta councillor Sylvia Bishop has a good chance in Delta North, and Coquitlam councillor Selena Robinson is the favourite in Coquitlam-Maillardville.
Three of the four NDP candidates in Burnaby are female, as are both candidates in Coquitlam.
The B.C. NDP under its male leader has traditionally polled extremely well with female voters. The B.C. Liberals, on the other hand, have attracted more support among men than women with Christy Clark at the helm.
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