Updated: May 7 at 6:13 a.m.
Green Party candidate Paul Manly is heading to Ottawa to represent the Nanaimo–Ladysmith riding. He won the seat in a by-election held May 6. He took 37.3 per cent of the vote.
He beat out two Indigenous challengers. NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin of the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation came in third with with 23.1 per cent of the vote. Liberal candidate Michelle Corfield, a citizen of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet) First Nation came in fourth with 11 per cent.
Others on the ballot were John Hirst for the Conservative Party who took an initial lead with two polls reporting and then faded. He came in second with 24.8 per cent of ballots cast.
Jennifer Clarke for the People’s Party received 3.1 of the ballots. The National Citizens Alliance and the PC Party were also represented but support was negligible.
The seat became available when NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson stepped down to pursue provincial politics. The by-election is considered a bellweather for the upcoming federal election, anticipating the trends developing in the voting population.