Ney and Weaver statements on Nanaimo by-election

January 30, 2019

NANAIMO B.C. – B.C. Green candidate Michele Ney and party leader Andrew Weaver issued the following statements on the election of Sheila Malcolmson as MLA for Nanaimo:

“I’d like to congratulate MLA-elect Sheila Malcolmson,” Ney said. “I’m proud of the campaign that we ran in Nanaimo; it was principled and visionary. I am confident that tonight’s results speak to voters’ desire to see the government continue in partnership with the BC Greens. Our caucus has been instrumental to the work of the government, and I am glad that Andrew, Sonia and Adam will head back to the legislature knowing that British Columbians can continue to benefit from their hard work.”

“While disappointing, tonight’s results were not unexpected, given the conversations we have had with Green voters over the past few weeks”, Weaver said. “I can say with absolute certainty that our support exceeds the votes cast for the party today. I spent a lot of time in Nanaimo campaigning with Michele, and many members, donors and supporters of our party came up to us saying that while they continued to support our party, they felt they needed to vote for the NDP in this by-election so that the government and our agreement with them can continue.

"I look forward to welcoming Sheila to the B.C. legislature in the coming weeks and working with her on behalf of British Columbians. Finally, I would like to extend my greatest thanks to Michele and her team for an incredible campaign. They worked so very hard and I believe that hard work will pay off the next time B.C. heads to the polls.”

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