B.C. Liberals win re-election thanks in part to suburban voters

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      In recent history, B.C. elections have been won and lost in the Vancouver suburbs.

      And once again, the B.C. Liberals proved overwhelming in many of the Lower Mainland constituencies outside of the Burrard Peninsula.

      Premier Christy Clark was raised in the suburbs and for many years represented a suburban constituency in the legislature.

      While the NDP fared well in Burnaby and New Westminster, the party was slaughtered again on the North Shore and in Richmond, losing all seven seats in those areas.

      The B.C. Liberals also won in Port Moody–Coquitlam, defeating former Port Moody mayor Joe Trasolini, as well as in Coquitlam–Burke Mountain.

      The NDP lost in Delta North, Maple Ridge–Mission, Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows, and at least half the constituencies in Surrey.

      It raises questions how the NDP might have fared had Mike Farnworth been leading the Opposition party rather than Adrian Dix.

      Farnworth, who won a landslide victory in Port Coquitlam, might have seemed more in synch with suburban voters.

      But Dix triumphed in the last NDP leadership race, leaving his party more vulnerable to attack ads than if Farnworth were the leader.



      Low Voter Turnout

      May 14, 2013 at 11:23pm

      Bunch of suckers on the North Shore & in Richmond; these are probably the same people that support the HST.

      you wanted her...

      May 14, 2013 at 11:49pm

      you got her.


      May 15, 2013 at 12:02am

      she's cuter. it's a good thing

      High voter turnout

      May 15, 2013 at 12:11am

      Hmmmm sounds like sour grapes there "low voter turn out...
      HAHAHAHA!!! sucker....

      Brace Youselves

      May 15, 2013 at 12:15am

      Farnsworth would've been more engaging and articulate as NDP leader. Just didn't have a good vibe with Dix plus knowing slimy Sihota was still lurking around as an executive for them.

      Christie's series of quick-wins worked; Stephen Harper's conduit is alive, kicking and stronger than ever. Thank your neighbours in the morning who helped grant them their majority powers.

      Everything will be alright if you're the 1%...everyone else turn over your wallets.

      High voter turnout

      May 15, 2013 at 6:33am

      Hmmmm sounds like sour grapes there "low voter turn out...
      HAHAHAHA!!!the NDP was a disaster for the 10 years they governed & they'd be a disaster again.... you're the sucker.

      Agree with Brace Yourselves

      May 15, 2013 at 8:05am

      For a swing voter like myself, I think Mike Farnsworth would have made the difference


      May 15, 2013 at 1:26pm

      The first sentence says "elections have been won and lost in the Vancouver suburbs" Yet I seem to remember the ndp's plan was to win with the urban vote. Wow, talk about bad planning. Dix was weak - plain and simple.

      One of them!

      May 15, 2013 at 10:44pm

      The suburban votes.

      You mean the ones who wake up every morning and go to work!!