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McIntyre re-takes Sea to Sky

Incumbent attributes win to focus on economy

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"I'm still waiting for the dust to settle here but I would be honoured if the NDP would have me run again," Buitenhuis said.

Green candidate Jim Stephenson came in third with 3,862 votes and 22 per cent of the vote share. It was the most votes for any Green Party candidate in the province but not enough for a win.

Stephenson sounded disappointed as results rolled in on Tuesday night.

"At this point it's not as good as expected," he said. "I thought I would be up in the 30 per cent range, but at this point I haven't done the math. Of course we'll have full reports (tomorrow) for sure."

Stephenson, a computer consultant by trade, focused his campaign on public-private partnerships (P3s) which have been used by the provincial government to supplement public dollars and help complete infrastructure projects.

Run of river projects figured as a big issue for all candidates in West Vancouver-Sea to Sky. Both the NDP and Green Parties opposed developing any more private run of river projects on B.C. streams, while the Liberals feel they're an important part of meeting the province's energy needs.

McIntyre said run of river opponents tried hard to make an election issue out of such projects but ultimately wound up inviting scrutiny themselves.

"I think that the fact that they did bring it on to the agenda, and the fact that the media and others put their attention on it is that we were able to get the facts out," she said. "They've been for four years blogging and flogging the myth - and quite successfully - in their own way, but when they got the attention on the issue and the media started asking questions, (CKNW host) Bill Good exposed them for all being about a private vs. public issue."

Province-wide, the election results didn't deviate too far from the 2005 results. With six additional seats the B.C. Liberals got 50 seats, up four from 2005, while the NDP got an additional two seats for a total of 35. The Green Party once again failed to elect a single candidate.

A referendum on voting reform also failed at the ballot box. In addition to MLAs, voters were asked to decide whether to endorse single transferable vote (BC-STV) in future elections.

Rather than the current "first past the post" system in which the candidate with the most votes wins, BC-STV would have required voters to rank candidates according to preference.

The legislature would have had the same number of MLAs under BC-STV but there would have been multiple representatives in each riding. Voters' second and third preferences would have counted towards the results in each riding.