The deadline for provincial election nominations was Friday and Elections BC has listed a total of five confirmed candidates in the running to replace retiring MLA Joan McIntyre. The most recent addition to the race was Jon Johnson, an independent candidate not connected to an organized party.
Johnson joined Liberal Jordan Sturdy, New Democrat Ana Santos, Ian McLeod of the BC Conservative Party and Richard Warrington with the Green Party of BC in the election campaign.
The newest candidate in the election race didn’t provide Pique with any information and Internet searches failed to produce any campaign information for Johnson.
There are a total of 85 constituencies across the province and the New Democratic and Liberal parties are running candidates in every riding. The Green Party has 61 candidates while the BC Conservative Party is running candidates in 56 ridings. Johnson is one of 35 independent candidates campaigning across the province.
The first all-candidates meeting of the West Vancouver–Sea to Sky campaign was held Saturday, April 27 at the West Vancouver Library. It was hosted by the Civic Association of Iranian Canadians and it was attended by Warrington and Santos along with four candidates from the West Vancouver-Capilano riding. That was followed by an all candidate event at 7 p.m. the next evening (April 28) at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver.
There will be an all-candidates meeting at the Pemberton Community Centre on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The candidates will meet in Squamish on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Eye Theatre followed by a meeting on May 6 in Whistler. The final debate will be at Lions Bay on May 9.
Early voting will be available from May 8 to 11 throughout the riding, open from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. Advance polling stations will be set up at Pemberton Community Centre, the Whistler Conference Centre and at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre in Squamish. Early voting in West Vancouver takes place at the Gleneagles Community Centre.
Voters can register to vote or update voter registration information at the polling stations. General election day is set for Tuesday, May 14. More election information is available at www.elections.bc.ca or by calling 1-800-661-8683.
-with files from Cathryn Atkinson