B.C. Liberals hold on to Surrey South riding in byelection

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SURREY, B.C. — British Columbia's Liberal Party has retained a seat in the riding of Surrey South following a byelection to replace a longtime member of the legislature.

Elenore Sturko, a soon-to-be former RCMP sergeant, won more than half the votes to take over for ex-Liberal cabinet minister Stephanie Cadieux, who resigned in April to become Canada's first chief accessibility officer.

Sturko beat out New Democrat candidate Pauline Greaves, a teacher at the Langara school of management, who made a second attempt to claim the seat after losing to Cadieux in the 2020 provincial election by just under 1,200 votes.

Numbers from Elections BC show that with over 91 per cent of ballot boxes reported, Sturko claimed 52 per cent of the votes, with Greaves getting 30 per cent of the support in a riding where candidates for three other parties trailed far behind.

Conservative Party of B.C. candidate Harman Bhangu, who owns a trucking firm, snatched over 12 per cent of the votes, university student Simran Sarai ran for the B.C. Green Party and won three per cent of votes, while two per cent went to Jason Bax of the Libertarians.

Nearly 11,000 votes were counted, and final results of the byelection are expected to be confirmed on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 10, 2022.

The Canadian Press