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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:02 am    Post subject: Nanaimo provincial by election in BC on Jan 30 Reply with quote

( there is another high profile by election in BC this year , a provincial vote in Nanaimo .
although personally I think its too early for the BC liberals to take a serious run at the ndp and not sure of the likelihood of this seat switching parties , its been ndp for sometime .only ever went liberal once in 2001 when they won ever seat nearly

is also potential trouble for the federal ndp as Shelia Malcolmson has yet to resign her federal seat and if she does so before Jan 20 it could trigger another federal by election in BC )

Byelection in B.C. has potential to tip balance of power

The British Columbia Legislature
The British Columbia Legislature is reflected in the waters of Victoria harbour in the early morning in Victoria, B.C. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

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Published Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:53PM EST

VICTORIA -- The date of Jan. 30th has been set for a byelection to replace the member from Nanaimo, B.C., with the potential to upset the balance of power in the provincial legislature.

Five-term New Democrat MLA Leonard Krog resigned in November after he was elected mayor of Nanaimo.

The results of the byelection are key because Krog's resignation gives the New Democrats just 40 seats in the house, while the Liberals have 42 and there is one Independent.

The NDP has been governing with the support of the three Green party members in the legislature.

Premier John Horgan has said the byelection would be called before his government presents its budget in February.

NDP member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson will represent the New Democrats, while retired teacher Michele Ney is running for the Greens, and local businessman Tony Harris has the Liberal nomination.


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Critical Nanaimo byelection set for Jan. 30

It's a long-shot, but NDP loss and Liberal win would change balance of power in provincial legislature

Karin Larsen · CBC News · Posted: Jan 02, 2019 1:06 PM PT | Last Updated: January 2

Nanaimo byelection candidates: Green Party's Michele Ney, left, Liberal Tony Harris, centre, NDP Sheila Malcolmson, right. (CBC)


A provincial byelection with the potential to upset the balance of power in the B.C. Legislature, has been set for Jan. 30 in the riding of Nanaimo.

The seat became vacant when Leonard Krog resigned on Nov. 20, 2018, after 18 years as an NDP MLA. Krog stepped down after being elected mayor of Nanaimo the month before.

Retaining the seat is critical if the NDP is to hold the reins of power in Victoria.

Currently, the party has 41 seats and and enjoys the support of three Green MLAs, for a total of 44 seats. The B.C. Liberals currently hold 42 seats.

But if the Liberals managed to score a long-shot win in Nanaimo, both it and the NDP-Greens would be tied with 43 seats each.

The candidates

NDP Nanaimo-Ladysmith Member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson is hoping to make the switch from federal to provincial politics. Malcolmson was acclaimed as the party's candidate for the Nanaimo byelection in December.

The Liberals have nominated well-known Nanaimo businessman Tony Harris, while the B.C. Greens selected Michele Ney, a teacher and daughter of former Nanaimo mayor and provincial MLA Frank Ney.

The January byelection date means the winner will be sitting in the legislature for the winter legislative session and provincial budget announced in February.

The NDP has won the riding 13 of the last 15 elections, although historically byelections results often go against the ruling party.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nanaimo byelection set for Jan. 30

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff

January 2, 2019 - 12:37pm

Sheila Malcolmson, Tony Harris and Michele Ney will run for B.C.'s three main parties in a provincial byelection on Jan. 30.

File photos/BC Green Party handout

NANAIMO — Voters in Nanaimo now know when they'll head to the polls in a high-stakes provincial byelection.

Premier John Horgan announced the byelection to fill the Nanaimo riding's vacant MLA seat will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The seat was vacated by longtime NDP MLA Leonard Krog, who resigned after successfully running for mayor in October.

The entire province will be intently watching the byelection, considered by many as one of the most important in B.C.'s history.

A Liberal win would create a tie for seats in the legislature, leaving the speaker to break any tie votes and potentially triggering a provincial election.

The deadline for candidate nominations is Jan. 9 and 1 p.m. and all three of B.C.'s main political parties have already declared their candidates.

Former Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson resigned her seat in Ottawa to run for the BC NDP, businessman Tony Harris will carry the banner for the BC Liberals and Michele Ney, daughter of renowned Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney, will represent the BC Green Party.

The fledgling BC Conservatives said they would also run a candidate but have yet to name anyone.

Advance voting runs from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at yet-to-be announced locations.

Voting is also available at the Nanaimo district electoral office (201-65 Front St.) until 4 p.m. on General Voting Day. Vote by mail packages can be requested through the district electoral office, on Elections BC’s website, or by calling 1-800-661-8683.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it sounds like she has in fact resigned her federal seat as of Jan 2 , so trudeau could call a by election for this riding as well . although it be rushed and force Singh to spend some time on the Ferry from Vancouver > Nanaimo to campaign in it instead of being in Burnaby )

Fourth federal riding falls vacant as PM poised to call three byelections

The Canadian Press
January 2, 2019 03:17 PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to call byelections in three federal ridings within days and now he has a fourth vacant riding he may choose to fill at the same time.

Sheila Malcolmson has officially resigned as the New Democrat MP for the British Columbia riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

She is leaving the federal stage to run in a provincial byelection, called Wednesday by Premier John Horgan for Jan. 30.

Malcolmson says she sent a letter to House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan on Nov. 27, informing him that her resignation would take effect on Jan. 2.

In addition to Nanaimo-Ladysmith, there are three other vacant ridings: the B.C. riding of Burnaby South, where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the Commons, the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe, left open by the resignation of Conservative MP Peter Van Loan, and the Montreal riding of Outremont, where former NDP leader Tom Mulcair has resigned.

Trudeau's office has confirmed the prime minister intends to call byelections in those three ridings early this month, with the votes taking place in early February.

He could now add Nanaimo-Ladysmith to the roster, although he's shown little inclination in the past to rush into byelections. Indeed, he faced criticism last October when he called a Dec. 3 byelection in a vacant eastern Ontario riding while leaving Burnaby South, York-Simcoe and Outremont to a later date.

Trudeau argued at the time that the other three ridings had been vacant for "mere weeks" and he pointed out that the prime minister is legally entitled to wait up to six months after a vacancy occurs before calling a byelection.

However, the situation in Nanaimo-Ladysmith is somewhat different. If Trudeau does not call a byelection there quickly, it will remain without representation until the next general election on Oct. 21.

Under an omnibus bill reforming Canada's election laws that went into effect just before Christmas, byelections can no longer be called within nine months of the day fixed for a general election. That makes Jan. 20 the last day Trudeau can schedule any byelections.

The new law means the Montreal riding of Saint-Leonard—Saint-Michel, due to be vacated by Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio on Jan. 22, will be left without an MP for nine months.


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Morris anticipating close battle in Nanaimo by-election, confident in candidate Tony Harris

Brendan Pawliw Brendan Pawliw, staff Thursday, Jan. 3rd, 2019

 Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris

It’s been an interesting time in BC politics and the plot is about to thicken by the end of the month as a crucial by-election has been called in Nanaimo.

The move needed to be made after longtime NDP MLA Leonard Krog left provincial politics last summer and eventually took the mayor’s chair in that community.

Even though the riding has historically been a New Democrat hot spot, Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris is quite confident in the candidate they selected.

“Tony Harris is a longtime resident, his family has been there since the 1800s, he is a businessman and is quite active with the community as well. We have some dynamic times ahead in the world of BC politics, the riding has been an NDP stronghold but I think we have a great candidate.”

Harris will be running against former Nanaimo/Ladysmith Federal MP Sheila Malcomson who is running for the NDP while the Green Party has selected Michelle Ney to run.

Morris explains what the dynamics would like in Victoria if the Liberals were victorious.

“It would be a 43-43 tie and it would be left up to the speaker to determine the deciding vote on it – he’ll probably vote in favour of government but it still makes it tough to bring any legislation forward and in effect, they become lame-duck governments.”

The current Speaker of the House is Daryl Plecas and his situation isn’t exactly crystal clear either.

“We also have to keep in mind that we don’t know what’s going to happen with the speaker he sits in a spot where I understand there might be a recall campaign against him as well so it’s a dynamic world in the life of politics in BC and I’m sure there is going to be a lot of eyes focused on what we’re doing in the future and we’re just going to have to see what happens.”

The by-election takes place January 30th with the House resuming on February 12th.


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Official campaign launched for BC NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson for Nanaimo byelection

Posted By: Julian Kolsuton: January 05, 2019In: News, Top Stories

John Horgan, Leonard Krog and Sheila Malcolmson take a photo at a campaign kickoff and office opening Saturday (Photo: BC NDP)

Just three days after the call for a provincial byelection in Nanaimo, the NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson hosted an official campaign kickoff and office opening.

The NDP says Malcolmson and volunteers have been at work since she announced her intention to run in Oct. but now they have notched up the efforts.

The party also says about 200 people came through the office for the event Saturday and afterwards volunteers went out to neighbourhoods throughout Nanaimo for door-to-door canvassing.

In 2002 Malcolmson was elected to the Islands Trust for four consecutive terms before being elected Chair of the Islands Trust Council in 2008.

In 2015 she was elected as a federal MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The NDP add that B.C. Prmeiere John Horgan was also at the event and thanked the volunteers and stressed the importance of keeping the seat for the party.

On October 20th, 2018 Leonard Krog was elected to be the mayor of Nanaimo, making him step down from his position as MLA for Nanaimo.

This triggered a byelection that has many watching, as the NDP has a narrow grasp of power in the provincial legislature.

Krog was a member of the NDP, If B.C. Liberal candidate Tony Harris claims a victory in the byelection, the legislature would be even with 43 votes between the Liberals and the NDP-Green Party alliance which could lead to a provincial election.

Harris’ father Tom built the family’s cell phone and auto business. B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson says the 6th generation Vancouver Islander is a business leader and is from a family that has deep roots in the community.

The B.C. Greens have put forward Michele Ney, a retired teacher who has also been said to have deep routes in the community.

Her father was Frank Ney who was the mayor of the city for 21 years and was in the legislature for a term with the Social Credit Party.

Nanaimo has been an NDP stronghold over the years. Voters in Nanaimo will head to the polls Jan. 30 to choose their next MLA.

Advance voting will be available over six days from Jan. 22 to Jan 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Advance voting places and the dates and times they are open will be published on the Elections B.C. website, in community newspapers, and on Where to Vote cards that will be sent to Nanaimo voters before advance voting starts.


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Byelection a chance for Nanaimo to be heard, says B.C. Liberal candidate

Carla Wilson / Times Colonist
January 9, 2019 06:00 AM

Businessman Tony Harris, the B.C. Liberal candidate in the Nanaimo byelection: "This would be an opportunity to change the conversation around our community, and thatÕs ultimately what pushed me over the edge to do it."

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This is Nanaimo’s time to muster support for local issues — everything from cardiac care and cancer treatment services to more affordable housing — now that provincial attention is focused on the upcoming byelection, says B.C. Liberal candidate Tony Harris.

The byelection, which has the potential to tip the scales of power in the B.C. legislature, is set for Jan. 30.

“We knew that this byelection would matter a lot to everybody. Because of that, I understood that this would be a great opportunity for Nanaimo to have its voice heard, unlike any other time,” Harris said.

“This would be an opportunity to change the conversation around our community, and that’s ultimately what pushed me over the edge to do it.”

Harris decided to run in the fall, announcing his bid on Nov. 7.

The move came just months after he backed Leonard Krog, then the NDP MLA for Nanaimo, in his run to be the city’s mayor. Harris attended the packed announcement and introduced Krog.

At that time, Harris said, there was no thought of running for the provincial seat. The 35-year-old, who says his family has been in the Nanaimo area since 1876, is busy with his real estate and investment businesses, and he and his wife, Leslie, have a four-year-old, a two-year-old and another baby due March 6.

Krog easily won the mayor’s race in October and stepped down as MLA, sparking the byelection.

Sheila Malcolmson in turn resigned her seat as the MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, to run for the NDP provincially. The Green Party’s Michele Ney, a retired teacher, Robin Richardson of the Vancouver Island Party, and Bill Walker of the B.C. Libertarian Party have also announced they are running.

The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers is today at 1 p.m.

If Harris wins, the Liberals and the NDP-Green partnership would each have 43 seats, with Speaker Darryl Plecas — who was elected as a Liberal but now sits as an Independent — holding the deciding vote.

Despite the provincial ramifications of the outcome, the race should be all about local issues, Harris said.

Harris said he’s always felt that Nanaimo has been seen as an afterthought. But it is the largest city north of the Malahat and growing, and has big-city issues that need to be addressed.

Harris, who has sat on the board of directors for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, said a new intensive care unit at the local hospital has been a priority. He called the provincial government’s announcement of a $33.85-million ICU, to open in 2021, “terrific.”

He is calling for further health services in mid-Island.

“I’m advocating for a full comprehensive cancer treatment centre in Nanaimo, where people don’t have to drive to Victoria for radiation treatment,” he said.

He is also pushing for a comprehensive cardiac care service in Nanaimo, again to avoid forcing patients to travel to Victoria.

Harris said the speculation tax, which is set to be imposed on Nanaimo, is slowing development down.

He is also keen to see affordable housing developed in the community. He wants to see a more diverse job market and support for Nanaimo’s high-tech sector — moves that would encourage residents to remain in the city.


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B.C. Green Party leader says Nanaimo byelection candidate Michelle Ney would bring stability and accountability

Andrew Weaver campaigned door-to-door in Nanaimo
Chris Bush/
Jan. 10, 2019 5:45 p.m./
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B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver came bearing a pledge of accountability and stability if the party gains another seat in the upcoming Nanaimo byelection when he visited the city this week.

Weaver joined Green candidate Michelle Ney on a door-to-door campaign in north Nanaimo in an effort to drum up support for Ney and the party on Thursday.

“It’s a three-way race and I think you’ll find the Liberals implode about seven days from now,” Weaver said.

Ney is one of six candidates competing in the Nanaimo byelection, which will take place on Jan. 30.

Weaver described Ney as an exceptional candidate with a long history in the community and someone who shares the Green Party value of considering the long-term consequences of her decisions, not just re-election. He also said the byelection is highly important to the B.C. Greens.

“We believe this is one that people will recognize the B.C. Greens not only can win, but will win, if they show up to vote,” Weaver said. “Why I say that is because right now we know the B.C. Liberals want very hard to win this to create instability in the legislature. Instability in, by essence, forcing another … provincial election a few months from now. That is the Liberal goal.”

A vote for Sheila Malcolmson, Weaver said, is a vote for NDP opportunism, which has created instability federally and provincially through Krog and Malcolmson leaving their positions and forcing byelections.

“You’ll get stability with Sheila, if she were elected, but the other thing is accountability … you have a Liberal elected, you’ll have accountability. They’ll hold government to account, but with a Green, not only do you get stability because we’re not going to make government fall,” he said. “We’ve been very clear our job is to ensure that things work, but we’ll also get accountability.”

The Green Party, he said, have been instrumental in tempering far left NDP policies and have also ensured the NDP government acted on climate change, adopted Green fine tuning of the speculation tax and acting on environmental issues.

Weaver also said Green Party members are free to speak their opinions, are not restricted to a controlled party message and Ney would be a hard-working local voice.

“Somebody who’s actually going to be free to say what she wants to say,” Weaver said. “She’s not going to be given speaking notes from a 20-something-year-old from the back room and told to speak or not to speak to the media. She is own her person. She is the representative. She speaks on behalf of the constituents and that’s why we’re quite different from the other two parties.”

Is there a danger of the Green Party being a mechanism for vote spitting that could create an opening for the B.C. Liberals? Ney said people in the community are looking for change and noted that in the last provincial election the NDP held ground, the Liberals lost ground, but the Greens gained enough ground to hold the balance of power in the legislature.

“We need to do it now and I care about our community,” Ney said. “I care about the people. I’ve served here for 30-something years and you can feel the energy. We need the change now. I’m talking to people. They feel angry. They feel frustrated and I feel that for them and that’s why I’m doing this.”

Weaver said it’s the B.C. Liberals and B.C. NDP that are splitting the Green vote.

“Both the B.C. NDP and the B.C. Liberals are splitting our vote because we know that we can deliver somebody who will ensure that they will get the best possible elected representative while at the same time ensuring accountability and stability,” he said. “That is accountability which you will get in an opposition MLA and stability because the government will remain, but at the same time she’ll have influence as one of the four Green MLAs holding the balance of responsibility in the B.C. legislature. The B.C. NDP have to listen to us and they do and that gives her direct influence. She will have more influence in government than Sheila because Sheila will be another NDP backbench-er twiddling her thumbs.”


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( those following BC politics are also saying there will likely be a BC election by June if the ndp loses the Nanaimo by election to the liberals . something that may work against the liberals as voters rarely want an early election )

If BC Liberals take Nanaimo by-election, MLA Clovechok sees an election in June

Carolyn Grant/
Jan. 11, 2019 8:30 a.m./
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Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok is living in interesting political times. It was an eventful year in B.C. politics and there is more to come in 2019.

First of all, there was the electoral reform referendum, and although Clovechok’s BC Liberals were on the winning side in that outcome, he says it’s not something he can forget.

“I’m not gloating,” he said. “I was clear from the beginning that I don’t oppose discussion on electoral reform. I was opposed to the way the NDP rolled it out in such a confusing way. Dave Eby (Attorney General) recently said Pro Rep was doomed to fail. Well, it was doomed, why do it? The referendum cost $15 million. British Columbians spoke clearly, but 42 per cent of people in Columbia River Revelstoke were looking for change. You can’t ignore that.”

Clovechok says he wants to engage with those who voted for change.

“How can I find ways to make people feel more included? I don’t care what party you voted for, or if you voted at all, if you come to my office for help, I am your MLA.

“Some people in my riding were looking for change, and I don’t think discussion around electoral reform is dead. It is a movement in this country. First Past the Post has served us well, but we have to have reform in the back of mind.”

The legislature returns to session right after the BC Family Day weekend in February, but there is a by-election looming on the landscape that could affect the configuration of the Legislature before it sits.

Clovechok thinks the BC Liberals have a reasonable chance to win in Nanaimo, and if they do, he predicts the Horgan government will fall.

If the B.C. Liberals win that seat, the Legislature is deadlocked at 43 seats.

“The Speaker would vote to break ties, and traditionally the Speaker votes with the government, but it will be gridlock. If we win Nanaimo, I predict an election by June.”

Conversely, Clovechok says if the NDP take the riding, or even the Greens, he doesn’t see an election before 2021.

“The Greens aren’t going to bring down the government. They would lose their influence.”

A recall campaign against Speaker Darryl Plecas could also make things interesting, Clovechok says.

Locally, Clovechok is meeting next week with Mayor Don McCormick and Fire Chief Rick Prasad and the Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development people.

The plan is to talk about the past fire season and the $1.8 million in infrastructure work the City has applied for.

New funding formulas have spread the same amount of infrastructure funding over a wider area, and there is concern that there are not enough funds to go around


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B.C. Liberal leader in Nanaimo to support byelection candidate

Andrew Wilkinson campaigning with Tony Harris today, Jan. 12
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The B.C. Liberal Party leader was in the Harbour City on Saturday, backing his Nanaimo byelection candidate and spurring on some 100 supporters and volunteers preparing to canvass.

Andrew Wilkinson was at Tony Harris’s Victoria Crescent campaign office Saturday and with governing parties historically faring poorly in byelections, the provincial opposition leader said voting day on Jan. 30 is of added importance.

“We’re in this spot here in Nanaimo where the town is growing and doing well and people are thinking it’s a different place from what it was a few years ago,” Wilkinson told the News Bulletin. “Tony Harris has made it very clear that he’s looking forward to making this an exciting, thriving community, that’s our agenda and that’s why Tony is running.”

Harris said better quality jobs, affordability and health care are pressing issues facing the area. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital serves the population north of the Malahat and a tertiary hospital with cancer care and full cardiac treatment is needed, said Harris.

“The biggest impact I can have is bringing attention to what’s really important here,” said Harris when asked about how he will achieve that if elected. “Nobody’s ever presented that vision for Nanaimo, the comprehensive vision. It’s always been piecemeal investments and they’ve been good investments, but we need to think bigger, more aspirationally. That’s actually a metaphor for our community as a whole, we need to be thinking about the comprehensive picture and I believe that I can present a vision and a strong voice for the community unlike we’ve ever had in the past.”

Harris’s campaign office is based out of SOUP Cowork Nanaimo, a shared workspace. He talked about what he could do for small business, like SOUP.

“My focus on Nanaimo is bringing attention and investment to institutional areas of our community, whether it’s hospital, port and university, but when we really focus on these key areas in our community it drives more investment from private enterprise because they feel confident in the community’s diversity in the way it moves forward, so I’m just totally focused on bringing more good paying jobs to Nanaimo and with that we can elevate the overall quality of life here for all hard-working families,” said Harris.

When asked if he foresaw another provincial election should Harris win on Jan. 30, Wilkinson said it was hard to forecast.

“One never knows in British Columbia,” said Wilkinson. “It’s an interesting scenario because Tony’s a linchpin in determining what the political future of British Columbia is.”

General voting day is Jan. 30, with advance voting beginning Jan. 22.


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Jan. 30 Nanaimo byelection: Langley man rides ferry to campaign

Carla Wilson / Times Colonist
January 15, 2019 06:00 AM

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Conservative Justin Greenwood is running in the Jan. 30 Nanaimo provincial byelection.

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Conservative Justin Greenwood set up signs with volunteers and launched a social-media campaign this week to support his bid for Nanaimo’s seat in a provincial byelection.

The Langley resident said if he wins the race Jan. 30, he will move to Nanaimo. He previously ran unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in Langley in the 2017 provincial election.

Greenwood, 37, is taking on the traditionally NDP stronghold where the three B.C. parties with seats in the legislature are engaged in a stiff battle for votes.

The Liberals, NDP and Green parties have marshalled forces and are fighting for what is a crucial seat in B.C., one that could alter the balance of power at the legislature. The NDP-Green coalition holds 44 seats to the Liberals’ 42.

Larry Giovando held the seat for the Progressive Conservatives from 1952 to 1956. For most of the years since 1963, the NDP has owned the riding, with breaks when former Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney represented Social Credit and Mike Hunter held it for the Liberals.

Greenwood, interim deputy leader of the B.C. Conservatives, has Vancouver Island roots. He was born in Victoria, raised in Central Saanich and has family on the Island, including a brother in Nanaimo.

He said he owned a paintball wholesale shop in Brentwood Bay and a pizzeria in Colwood. In 2010, he attended the Academy of Learning in the West Shore, where he completed a business administration degree.

Today, he is Vancouver-area manager for a Victoria-based real estate marketing firm.

Greenwood said since announcing his candidacy, he has been riding the ferry to Nanaimo to campaign whenever he has the opportunity. The party is planning Saturday campaign events and he intends to participate in all-candidates meetings.

Greenwood is calling for B.C. to scrap its carbon tax, saying it drives up the cost of living.

It’s time to reform Insurance Corp. of B.C. and convert it into a co-operative, he said, adding that lower-cost basic car insurance should be available through the open market. He also said B.C. should eliminate the contentious employer health tax, which came into effect this month for employers with annual payrolls higher than $500,000.

Greenwood took aim at another controversial plan, B.C.’s upcoming speculation tax targeting second homes, saying it discriminates against Canadians and will not result in more affordable housing.

The tax will be imposed on vacant homes in areas including Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver, with the goal of encouraging owners to rent them, or sell, in order to increase the number of available homes. Developers say this new tax will have the opposite effect and discourage construction of new homes.

Greenwood said the way to address the shortage of affordable housing is for the province and municipalities to work together to identify suitable sites and to develop programs advancing that goal.

B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development needs to be revamped, he said, because Nanaimo foster parents are telling him that it’s time for an increase in rates paid by the province.


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B.C. byelection in NDP territory tests strength of minority government

Nanaimo voters head to the polls Jan. 30 to replace former MLA and current mayor Leonard Krog

Dirk Meissner · The Canadian Press · Posted: Jan 20, 2019 2:36 PM PT | Last Updated: January 20

Nanaimo byelection candidates: Green Party's Michele Ney, left, Liberal Tony Harris, centre, NDP Sheila Malcolmson, right. (CBC)


British Columbia's minority New Democrat government faces a crucial popularity test this month in a byelection in one of its traditionally safe constituencies where the outcome could threaten Premier John Horgan's one-seat hold on power.

Voters in Nanaimo, who have elected New Democrats in 13 of the last 15 provincial elections, are heading to the polls Jan. 30 to replace Leonard Krog, the five-term NDP member of the legislature who resigned his seat last year after being elected mayor of the Vancouver Island city.

Krog's vacancy at the legislature makes the tight seat count even more tenuous for the New Democrats, who formed government in 2017 by reaching a partnership agreement with the three members of the Green party.

British Columbia NDP MLA Leonard Krog gives his speech after winning as Mayor for Nanaimo, B.C., following the municipal election in Nanaimo, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Krog quit being an NDP MLA, forcing the minority NDP government to hold a byelection to try and retain the seat for the party. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Six candidates are in the race: former federal New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson, the Green's Michele Ney, Liberal Tony Harris, Conservative Justin Greenwood, the Vancouver Island Party's Robin Richardson and Libertarian Bill Walker.

There are 40 New Democrats, three Greens, 42 Liberals, one Independent and one vacancy in the 87 seat legislature.

If the Liberals win, the legislature will be at a 43-43 tie, with Speaker Darryl Plecas — a former Liberal who now sits as an Independent — forced to cast tie-breaking votes.

An NDP win would preserve the minority government's status.

Changing local economy

Prof. Mark Blackell, who teaches Liberal Studies at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island University, said the city is known as an NDP stronghold, but the name recognition of the Liberal, Harris, and the Green's Ney will challenge Malcolmson and the NDP.

"Nanaimo has undergone gradual changes in the past several decades due to a changing economy, one that has become more service-oriented, and due to people moving here, often to retire and, more recently, younger people from the Lower Mainland to find more reasonable housing," he said.

"While many who have settled, especially from Alberta, bring more conservative or B.C. Liberal Party allegiances, there has also been a growth in Green party support, largely in the younger population."

•Critical Nanaimo byelection set for Jan. 30

Harris, the Liberal candidate, said every candidate is aware of the high stakes in the byelection, but it's also an opportunity for the often neglected city to garner well-deserved attention.

Nanaimo, located on the east coast of Vancouver Island about 110 kilometres north of Victoria, is a port city with coal mining and forestry roots. More than 90,000 people live in the city.

Harris said Nanaimo has been left out of the political picture for too long.

"We certainly need to have a more comprehensive vision to allow whatever party is in power to figure out how to advance the interests of Nanaimo," he said.

'We can be overlooked'

Harris acknowledged the riding did not receive enough attention from the former Liberal government, but said the NDP also didn't pay enough attention to Nanaimo, keeping Krog out of Horgan's cabinet.

"That's just sort of the metaphor for the attitude towards Nanaimo," he said. "We can be overlooked. We can be taken for granted and we'll just continue marching on."

But Harris, a sixth-generation resident, said he represents the resilient spirit of the city and he wants to bring bold change to Nanaimo.

Green candidate Michele Ney said her roots in Nanaimo are as deep as Harris's and her vision also looks to the city's potential.

She is one of former Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney's 11 children.

Frank Ney served as Nanaimo's mayor for 21 years. He was also elected to the B.C. legislature for one term.

Father's legacy

A bronze statue of Frank Ney stands in downtown Nanaimo and the flamboyant businessman was known for bringing thousands of tourists to the city with its famed bathtub races.

"Apples don't fall far from the tree," said Michele Ney. "I have a vision for Nanaimo. I have this vision where we're going to be a leader in a clean economy."

Ney said she can't escape her father's legacy and much of her time door knocking during the campaign is spent reminiscing about her father.

"He was always talking to people no matter who they were," she said. "If there was such a thing as Green in his lifetime or if he was still alive today, he would be voting Green."

Listening to residents

The NDP's Malcolmson said her team is deeply aware of what's at stake for the government, but she's focused on the riding.

"Talking with people on the doorstep is where I get my best advice and my best read on the actions of John Horgan's government so far," she said. "It's the real deal what you hear on the door steps."

Malcolmson, who resigned her federal seat as Nanaimo's MP to run provincially, said she's hearing from people with concerns about health care, child care and education.

"On the doorstep, I'd say it's also the sense of urgency of how the Liberals let housing prices get so out of control. How they let the homelessness crisis spiral in Nanaimo," said Malcolmson who lives on nearby Gabriola Island.

Pushing for a new province

Richardson, an economist and a former Conservative MP from Ontario when Joe Clark was prime minister, said he wants Vancouver Island to become Canada's 11th province.

"We would be 100 times better off as a province than a region," said the candidate running for the Vancouver Island Party.

He also said if he wins the byelection he would hold the balance of power in the legislature.

Walker, the Libertarian, said he's campaigning for individual rights and freedoms and "freedom from government oppression."

The Conservative candidate could not be reached for comment.


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NDP, Liberal, Green candidates to square off in Nanaimo byelection debate

Andy Garland, CTV Vancouver Island
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 11:50AM PST

The first of two debates this week for the upcoming byelection in Nanaimo is set to take place Monday night.

With the upcoming byelection just over a week away, the three parties of the B.C. Legislature would be represented: Sheila Malcomson (NDP), Tony Harris (B.C. Liberal) and Michele Ney (Green).

The debate will be hosted by the non-partisan organization Forum for Millennial Leadership.

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NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson, Liberal candidate Tony Harris and Green candidate Michele Ney will participate in a byelection debate in Nanaimo Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

Their organization says it is dedicated to strengthening the voice of the largest generation in Canada by helping to engage and elect millennials regardless of party, ideology or level of government.

FML founder Gavin Dew says housing, employment and transportation are some of the key issues affecting young professionals.

“This debate will provide a forum and pressure the candidates to discuss issues that are important to young people,” said Dew.

There are 15,000 under-40 voters for in the upcoming by-election.

Even though the debate will be hosted by a young professional organization, Dew said everyone is welcome.

The debate begins at 6 p.m. Monday in the Dodds Narrows Room at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in downtown Nanaimo.

The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is also hosting an all candidates forum on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Beban Park Community Centre.

Voters head to the polls Wednesday, January 30th.


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Richard Zussman, left, moderated a Forum for Millennial Leadership debate Monday with B.C. NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson, B.C. Liberal candidate Tony Harris and B.C. Green Party candidate Michele Ney. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo byelection candidates get their first chance to debate

NDP, B.C. Liberals, Greens participated in Forum for Millennial Leadership debate Monday
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Voters had their first chance to compare the three main byelection candidates all in one place.

Monday’s Forum for Millennial Leadership debate at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre brought together NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson, B.C. Liberals candidate Tony Harris and Green Party candidate Michele Ney for an hour-and-a-half-long discussion on a range of topics. The candidates were given opportunity to present their visions, and also spoke to current events from the campaign trail.

The Jan. 30 byelection to choose a new MLA for Nanaimo has been viewed as critical to a New Democratic Party governing with the slimmest of minorities, and candidates were asked what the byelection means from that standpoint.

Malcolmson said “the stakes could not be higher” and several times, she contrasted the past year and a half under Premier John Horgan with the previous decade and a half under the B.C. Liberals. She said there are two paths, one of which is carrying on with “investments in people” and “the other path is a return to 16 years that we know well: cuts to services, and making life more expensive for people. I don’t want to go back.”

Malcolmson was asked about her potential role in the Horgan government and said while the premier isn’t allowed to make promises, she has asked to continue her work on environmental files related to abandoned vessels and other coastal water protection.

Ney said the byelection represents a “pivotal time,” but suggested that’s because it’s a chance for Nanaimo to have its voice heard while being represented by a party holding the balance of power in the legislature.

“Only I as a B.C. Green can offer both stability and accountability and be your voice for change,” she said.

Harris said “nobody really knows” what’s going to happen in big-picture provincial politics, and said the byelection should be about Nanaimo. Asked if he thought electing him would spark a general election, he suggested that’s not his preference.

“If I win this seat, I hope I get a chance to do my job, because this is a lot of work going through this process and it’s hard on my family,” he said. “I want to do the job, I want to get to work and I feel like as an opposition MLA, I can have an impact. You don’t need to be in government, as Sheila knows, to get the job done and it’s about having a powerful, strong voice that represents the community.”

The first few weeks of the campaign provided plenty of topics for conversation. Candidates responded to comments Horgan made to a Kamloops radio station last week questioning if Harris’s and Ney’s well-known fathers make them equivalent candidates to a more experienced political representative.

Harris said he objects to the premier’s contention.

“I think that Nanaimo’s really proud of the work that Frank (Ney) did and my father (Tom Harris) did in our community and we need community builders,” Tony Harris said. “You can’t only make an impact on your community by being a politician.”

Ney, recently retired after more than three decades of teaching, said, “I have 32 years of public service, where did my public service get missed in all of this, that’s my question.”

Malcolmson said she interpreted Horgan’s comments as underlining her experience.

“The premier wants someone who can hit the ground running,” she said. “I’ve been in elected office in two different levels of government; I want to bring those partnerships and that work that I’ve done … things that have helped people on the ground. And I think that was where the premier’s comments were coming from; I certainly hope so.”

Some of the issues discussed during the debate were the speculation tax, affordability, job creation, and a foot ferry and other Island transportation.

Ney stressed she wants people to support a vision of a clean, green, modern economy, driven by investments in education and technology.

“Over the last 20 years, Nanaimo has lost much of what has made it a special, desirable place to live,” she said. “The economy has changed and we haven’t had the support to keep up.”

Harris talked about how strengthening community institutions such as the hospital and port can bring all sorts of related benefits.

“I really care about Nanaimo. I was raised to work hard and give back to my community and those values are instilled in me … I will continue to do these things no matter what the outcome is on Jan. 30,” he said.

Malcolmson said she’s never aspired to political office, but it’s a means to an end to do work that’s important to her and to constituents.

“It’s not about the government and it’s not about me – it’s about the impact of lives of people, and the environment, climate, everything is on the line here, really,” she said.

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The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce hosts an all-candidates’ forum Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Beban Park social centre. A meet-and-greet starts at 6 p.m. with the debate at 7:30 p.m. All six candidates have been invited to that event.


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Parties trying to shore up support as advance voting opens in Nanaimo by-election

Posted By: Kendall Hansonon: January 21, 2019In: CHEK, News

Candidates in the January 30th by-election were talking to school board members today, getting a lesson in the district’s needs.

It’s one of Monday’s campaign stops, and an all-candidates meeting set for Monday night as those in the race shore up support.

Advance voting starts Tuesday and those running against the NDP know they’ll need every vote they can get.

“They’ve got to get the vote out and typically a by-election has a low turnout rate so they got to hope that some NDP voters don’t show up,” said Michael Prince, a University of Victoria Political Scientist. “They’ve got to mobilize their bases.”

Sunday, the Liberals released a new ad highlighting the connection between candidate Tony Harris and his late father Tom Harris. Tom Harris’s car ads once made him a local legend.

“We wanted to play on his ads in the 80’s, which people have always enjoyed watching, and take from that a little bit of levity,” said Tony Harris, the Liberal candidate. “I think that’s aligned with the positive uplifting, non-divisive campaign that we’ve been running.”

“A lot of politics is local politics certainly in a by-election,” said Prince. “So anything that helps get out the vote that helps get you name recognition…”

Since 1963 NDP candidates have only lost the riding twice. Despite that track record Sheila Malcolmson says, with a razor-thin NDP minority government, she’s not taking anything for granted.

“This is a pivotal election. The stakes could not be higher. Every vote counts,” said Malcolmson, the NDP candidate. “We’re expecting this to be a close race. We need to work hard as New Democrats to get every vote out.”

Green candidate Michelle Ney says she’s hearing that while people don’t want another provincial election, a vote for her would send a message to the John Horgan government.

“What the Greens will bring forward is stability in the government and accountability ensuring that the leaders of our province are being responsible,” said Ney.

“This is a cliff hanger so this government absolutely has to hold onto that seat,” said Prince. “It gives some hope for the Liberals. It would send a real signal and could mean if the government loses this seat than maybe the possibility of an election is much sooner than later.”

Advance voting opens Tuesday through Sunday, the official day to cast ballots is Wednesday, January 30th.

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