Paul Manly – Ottawa bound
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.
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.