Manly scores decisive victory in byelection

Paul Manly - off to Ottawa

NDP and Liberals lost the most

0506 - The trend was clear from the earliest returns that Green Party candidate Paul Manly was on his way to a resounding victory the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by election.

0506 - With about 94 per cent of the polls reporting, Manly had 37.1 per cent of the total vote. Conservative John Hirst wound up with 25.1 per cent and the NDP's Bob Chamberlin with 22.9 per cent. Liberal Michelle Corfield took 11.1 per cent.

A total vote comparison with the 2014 general election does not provide an accurate picture due to the low voter turnout, just over half of the 2014 figure of 75 per cent. The bylection turnout was under 40 per cent.

The biggest loss, a surprising one, was the NDP finishing in third place in a riding that in the past has always been considered an easy win. Their percentage of 22.9 per cent was a major drop from 2014 when they took 33.3 per cent of the total vote in winning the seat.

Based on the percentage vote, the Conservatives held steady as they went up from 23.4 to 24.7 per cent. The Liberal loss from 23.5 down to 11.1 per cent, along with the NDP loss pretty well explains where the Greens took their support from.

Election contacts

Returning Office
Returning Officer - Dilbar Rupa

Nanaimo North Town Centre
4750 Rutherford Road (Beside Lowes)

Conservative Party of Canada
Email is 
195 Commercial Street (upstairs)
phone 778-674-4778. 

Campaign manager: Doug

Green Party
Paul Manly Campaign Office, #2-1601 Bowen Road
Contact: Ilan Goldenblatt, 250 751-5313,

Liberal Party
4286 Departure Bay Rd
Contact: Morgan Breitkreutzer 780-221-0549

New Democratic Party
486D Franklyn Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2X7.
Email: Phone: 250.591.7476.
Twitter: @chiefbobbyc
Campaign Manager Jesse Woodward

People's Party of Canada
Jennifer Clarke
Twitter @JenniferMClarke. Tel: 250-888-4319

Brian Marlatt
Progressive Canadian (PC Party) candidate Nanaimo-Ladysmith
Campaign Phone Number:  778-878-9024
email: and

Vote on election day – Monday, May 6

Polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

If you're registered, you will get a voter information card by mail. It tells you where to vote. You should receive it by April 17. You can also use the  Voter Information Service to find out where to vote.

Advance Polls are open from noon to 8:00 p.m.

  • Friday, April 26
  • Saturday, April 27
  • Sunday, April 28
  • Monday, April 29

If you're registered, you will get a voter information card by mail. It tells you where to vote. You should receive it by April 17. You can also use the  Voter Information Service to find out where to vote.

Vote at your local Elections Canada office

If you find it more convenient, you can vote at your local Elections Canada office

Visit the office before the deadline of Tuesday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. Bring your proof of identity and address.

When you vote at an Elections Canada office, you use a special ballot voting kit—learn more.

Main office:

4750 Rutherford Road, Unit 195
Nanaimo (BC)
V9T 4K6

Vote by mail 

If you will be travelling outside your riding, or if you find it more convenient, you can vote by mail—apply now.

Apply as soon as possible, to allow time for your voting kit to reach you and for your marked ballot to reach Elections Canada by election day.

The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern time) for anyone applying online or sending their application to Elections Canada in Ottawa. 

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You can apply to vote by mail by visiting an Elections Canada office or mailing in an application form. Forms are available at any Elections Canada office or Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate, or by calling us. If you apply through an Elections Canada office, the deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. (local time).

When you vote at an Elections Canada office, you use a special ballot voting kit—learn more.

Assistance at home for electors with a disability or an illness

Elections Canada also offers voting at home in the presence of an election officer and a witness for voters who cannot go to the local Elections Canada office or mark their ballot due to a disability or an illness. In order to do so, you must request to vote by special ballot and there are specific circumstances a voter must meet. Please contact your local Elections Canada office, up until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, to register if you or a family member requires this service.

Conservatives widen polling lead nationally over Liberals

A national opinion poll published in the Toronto Star shows the Conservative Party of Canada moving into a double-digit lead in the run-up to the October federal election.

The Star reported that the Conservatives have 42 per cent support nationally, a 13-point lead over the Liberal Party at 29 per cent. The NDP polled 12 per cent with the Green Party at nine per cent. The Bloc Quebecois had six per cent support and the People's Party two per cent.

The latest aggregation of all available polls showed the Green Party with 28 per cent support in Nanaimo-Ladysmith. The Conservative Party and New Democrats had 25 per cent each and the Liberals at 19 per cent.

Nanaimo-Ladysmith electoral district boundaries

Consisting of:

  • (a) those parts of the Regional District of Cowichan Valley comprised of: 
  • (i) the Town of Ladysmith;
  • (ii) Subdivision H;
  • (iii) Chemainus Indian Reserve No. 13 and Oyster Bay Indian Reserve No. 12;
  • (iv) Subdivision G, excepting Dayman Island, Hudson Island, Leech Island, Miami Islet, Penelakut Island, Ragged Islets, Reid Island, Rose Islets, Scott Island, Tent Island and Thetis Island; and
  • (b) that part of the Regional District of Nanaimo comprised of: subdivisions A, B and C; the City of Nanaimo; the District Municipality of Lantzville; Nanoose Indian Reserve, Nanaimo River Indian Reserves Nos. 2, 3 and 4, and Nanaimo Town Indian Reserve No. 1.

Rules for voting eligibility

  • The Elections Canada office in Nanaimo–Ladysmith is open as of today. We'll post the address as soon as we get it.
  • Canadian citizens in Nanaimo–Ladysmith who are at least 18 years old on election day are eligible to vote. To vote in a federal by-election, an elector's home address must be in the electoral district from the first day of revision of the lists of electors, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, until election day, Monday, May 6, 2019.
  • Electors need to be registered to vote. Most electors are already registered. To check, electors can visit or call us at 1-800-463-6868.
  • Unregistered electors can register at the Elections Canada office in Nanaimo–Ladysmith or at their polling place just before they vote. They can also call us at 1-800-463-6868.
  • Electors have many voting options to choose from: by mail, in person at the Elections Canada office in Nanaimo–Ladysmith, at their advance polling place, or at their election day polling place.
  • To vote, electors must show proof of their identity and address. The list of accepted pieces of identification is available online.