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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Wally Oppal's career hangs in Delta South recount Reply with quote

Wally Oppal's career hangs in Delta South recount


By Doug Ward, Vancouver SunMay 26, 2009 12:16 PMComments (30)
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More Images » Liberal Wally Oppal at the reception for his party in the riding of South Delta on election night May 12.Photograph by: Jon Murray, CNSMETRO VANCOUVER —

The future of Wally Oppal’s political career looked increasingly uncertain Tuesday as election officials in a small former church in Ladner determined that the B.C. attorney-general trailed independent candidate Vicki Huntington by 14 votes in Delta South.

Elections B.C. officials were to continue Tuesday to pore over the remaining absentee ballots cast in the riding.

Oppal, a former B.C. Court of Appeal justice, led Huntington by three votes on election night May 12. The independent candidate request a recount, which began Monday.

The first part of the recount found that calculation errors had been made on election night. Rectifying the errors gave Huntington an interim 13-vote lead, said Elections B.C. spokesman Kenn Faris.

Asked about the recount change, Faris said that “on election night people are working all-out late into the night and mistakes can be made. And that is why we have a period of calm and then a recount happens.”

Huntington’s lead over B.C. Liberal Oppal widened later Monday as officials began counting absentee ballots. Her lead jumped to 30 votes by late afternoon but had dwindled to 14 when counting ended for the day.

As of noon Tuesday, 14 votes still separated the two candidates with Huntington in the lead.

Faris said 918 absentee ballots were cast in Delta South. The counting was conducted by three Elections B.C. officials, watched by representatives of both candidates.

In a second recount, for the Cariboo-Chilcotin riding, New Democrat Charlie Wyse’s 23-vote election-night lead over B.C. Liberal Donna Barnett was also reversed.

By noon on Tuesday when the recount was finished, Barnett won by 88 votes, 6,259 to 6,171.


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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 5:57 pm    Post subject: Ont. PC candidate denies making policy on the fly Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a clutz Campbell is for putting his top cabinet minister in a hard riding. I really don't care either way but for a top minister, who I've seen on tv over here in Ontario to lose when the rest of the party wins a majority is a shame for both the candidate and the party. I think he was the only household name in Campbell's cabinet.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it's official - Oppal's been knocked out by Huntington: LINK
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My memory is too long and Wally was a fine example of how name recognition can get someone elected regardless of merit.

As a Supreme Court of BC judge, Wally helped create more bad caselaw than most. The expression "activist judge" comes to mind... and no cop was surprised when Wally ran for public office.

Anyone remember his whiny media interview where he denied responsibility for the public backlash against the "slap on the wrist" sentencing of judges in BC on guidelines provided by governments? To paraphrase a famous PM "You have a choice, sir!"

Anyone remember the "Oppal Report" on policing back in 1995?

There's more but suffice to say: Goodbye, Wally and good riddance!

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wonder if more independent candidates might get elected in BC in futute years at the provincial level which seems to be lacking alternatives to the liberals or ndp . a few independents might be able to bring about some change or something different to the legislature there .
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