Here in Port Alberni, Scott Fraser has been re-elected as MLA in the new riding of Mid Island – Pacific Rim with 11,600 votes, almost double his closest rival.
Liberal candidate Darren Deluca blamed his poor showing on what he called the NDP-funded Dogwood Initiative for hitting him with the trophy hunting issue straight out of the gate
Both Fraser and Deluca congratulated the Green Party’s Alicia LaRue for her strong results in the riding.
She said this was a grassroots campaign she ran on just $2500.
LaRue said she’ll consider running again, but Deluca said this was his last campaign and he needs to return to his real estate business.
In neighbouring ridings, Leonard Krog was re-elected for the NDP in Nanaimo, Michelle Stillwell for the Liberals in Parksville Qualicum, and the NDP’s Ronna Rae Leonard holds just a 9 vote lead over Liberal Jim Benninger in Courtenay -Comox, so that vote will be heading for a recount.