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BC NDP picks up two Fraser Valley seats as provincial vote count continues

Last Updated Nov 7, 2020 at 4:29 pm PST

FILE: BC NDP headquarters in Vancouver. (Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

In Chilliwack -Kent, incumbent Laurie Throness has conceded to the NDP's Kelli Paddon

New Democrat and Mission Mayor Pam Alexis has won in Abbotsford-Mission, ousting BC Liberal incumbent Simon Gibson

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The BC NDP has flipped two more seats in the Fraser Valley, adding to the party’s historic gains in the region on election day.

In Chilliwack -Kent, incumbent Laurie Throness has conceded to Kelli Paddon, a rookie candidate with a background as an advocate for people with developmental disabilities.

Throness was at the centre of a controversy in June when he bought advertising in a conservative Christian magazine that defended conversion therapy. Throness defended this decision, refusing to pull his ads. Despite calls throughout the campaign from Pride organizations, and condemnation from the NDP, Leader Andrew Wilkinson didn’t drop Throness from the party.  However, his comments comparing an NDP plan to provide free contraception to eugenics resulted in his resignation from the party.

New Democrat and Mission Mayor Pam Alexis has won in Abbotsford-Mission, ousting BC Liberal incumbent Simon Gibson.

 

Counting of mail-in and absentee ballots will continue through Sunday.

Two ridings remain too close to call, Richmond-South Centre and Vernon-Monashee.

The results on election night gave the New Democrats a majority government with 53 seats, the Liberals 27 seats, the Greens three and four outstanding.

With files from The Canadian Press