BC Liberal leader wins Vancouver by-election

BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon is poised to take a seat in the legislature after winning the by-election in Vancouver-Quilchena Saturday.

Although the results will not be official until May 4, the initial count showed Falcon with a commanding lead He received just shy of 59 per cent of the vote – roughly twice that of the second-place candidate. The BC NDP’s Jeanette Ashe finished with just over 24 per cent.

The Vancouver-Quilchena seat was vacated when former BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson resigned after the NDP won a majority in the 2020 provincial election.

The riding has been held by a BC Liberal since 1991 and is considered one of the safest for the BC Liberals. It is common practice for a sitting MLA to offer their seat to a leader who doesn’t currently hold a riding.

This is a developing story on CTV News Vancouver, check back for updates.

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