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BC Liberals celebrate easy win in Kelowna West by-election

BC Liberals celebrate easy win in Kelowna West by-election

With 93 of 111 ballot boxes reporting, Stewart has more than 50% of the vote and held a lead of more than 2800 votes (5177 to 2356) over the NDP's Shelley Cook.

Stewart's victory win means the Liberals will have 42 seats in the legislature - one more than the governing New Democrats.

Voters are heading to the polls in Kelowna today, casting ballots to replace former premier Christy Clark.

Clark left politics last summer, quitting as the Liberal party leader and resigning her seat in the riding of Kelowna West.

Stewart gave up the seat for then-premier Christy Clark after she lost her Vancouver riding to the NDP in the 2013 provincial election.

Horgan called for the by-election last month.

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Ben Stewart will once again be the Kelowna West MLA.

The BC Liberal Party is back to having one more seat in the legislature than the government in power following a byelection in Kelowna West Wednesday night.

Results of this by-election have the potential to further sharpen the razor-thin balance of power held by the Green party-backed minority New Democrat government.

The Kelowna West riding is in the heart of B.C.'s wine region, a sector caught up in the dispute between B.C. and Alberta's two NDP governments over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. His family founded and owns Quail's Gate Winery, which is now among the B.C. wineries being boycotted by Alberta. I think it's going to be a very bumpy ride for the NDP in the next few months on that. In the 2017 general election, Clark took 59.05% of the vote, Cook 25.14% and Green Party candidate Robert Mellalieu 13.67%.

Originally, the Liberals had 43 seats, but after former Liberal MLA Darryl Plecas agreed to serve as Speaker of the House, he was kicked out of the Liberal Party.


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