For immediate release
February 2, 2016
[MEDIA RELEASE] B.C. Green Party candidates more than double previous vote counts
VANCOUVER, B.C. – B.C. Green Party candidates Pete Fry (Vancouver–Mount Pleasant) and Joe Keithley (Coquitlam–Burke Mountain) finished with historic results in today’s Metro Vancouver by-elections. Fry’s second-place finish at 26.42% is the best second-place finish in Vancouver–Mount Pleasant since 1991, excepting the 2001 NDP wipeout. Fry also more than doubled the B.C. Green Party’s 2013 result of 11.92%. Keithley received 13.77% of the vote, which more than doubles the party’s 2013 finish of 5.84%.
Both candidates, as well as B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, congratulated new MLAs-elect Melanie Mark (Vancouver–Mount Pleasant) and Jodie Wickens (Coquitlam–Burke Mountain).
"I am very proud of both Pete and Joe. They are extremely passionate about their communities, as evidenced by months of hard work and campaigning," Weaver said. "This is what the B.C. Green Party stands for - deep commitment to serving the people of this province.
“It is, however, a sad day for democracy in British Columbia when just over 20% of eligible voters turned out in each riding. Voters in B.C. are clearly fed up with 18 years of partisan bickering between the B.C. NDP and B.C. Liberals.
"Tonight’s historic B.C. Green Party results demonstrate that voters are recognizing there is a better choice. Over the next 16 months, the B.C. Green Party will articulate a full plan that balances the needs of B.C. families, a sustainable economy and a healthy environment. We are dedicated to ending the influence of vested interests in British Columbian politics and we will not stand for the political games of the B.C. Liberals and B.C. NDP."
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Mat Wright, Press Secretary
Office of MLA Andrew Weaver
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