We’ve got new MLAs!


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We’ve got new MLA’s in the Tri-Cities, but a lot fewer of us bothered to show up to mark the ballot. The Provincial Election on Tuesday finished up with only 50% of eligible voters making it to the polls. This sets a new all-time low for voter turnout, 8 points lower than the 58% who voted in 2005. The question this raises is whether people feel less connected to their community, or less connected to the political process. Hopefully it’s about the political process, or this website may not have much of a future.

We ended up voting pretty much the same way we all voted in 2005, here are our new MLA’s.

Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

Liberal Douglas Horne is the new kid on the block in the new riding. He cruised to victory with a little over 57% of the vote.

Coquitlam-Maillardville

New Democrat Diane Thorne returns to Victoria with 47.61% of the vote, beating Liberal candidate Dennis Marsden by a margin of only 510 votes. This race was the closest of the bunch, repeating what happened in this riding in 2005.

Port Coquitlam

New Democrat Mike Farnworth is reelected with over 54% of the vote. Interestingly, he was the only candidate in the Tricities to garner over 10,000 votes.

Port Moody – Coquitlam

Liberal Iain Black is back, with a little over 52% of the vote. Rebecca Helps of the Green Party recieved 1201 votes, the most of any Green candidate in the Tricities. With this result the V3H comes out firmly pro-tree.

As for the STV, it really wasn’t close. It only won 7 of the 51 ridings needed to get passed. Provincially, 38.82% voted for it, well shy of the 60% threshold needed. Locally, the percentage who voted for it…

  • Coq-Burke Mountain: 34.2%
  • Coq-Maillardville: 36.7%
  • Poco: 33.69%
  • Port Moody: 37.14%

So at the end of the day we end up with basically the same result as the 2005 election, we continue to use first-past-the-post as our system for choosing our representatives, and voter apathy hit an all time high.

Any ideas why people stayed away? What can we do about it?

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