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BC Government calls Kelowna byelection to fill former premier's vacant seat

BC Government calls Kelowna byelection to fill former premier's vacant seat

This by-election was triggered when former BC Liberal leader Christy Clark resigned her seat August 4 after losing a confidence vote.

"I'm proud to stand with John Horgan and the BC NDP and I'm ready to work hard for the people of the great riding of Kelowna West", she said.

A Valentine's Day byelection has been scheduled to replace Christy Clark as MLA for Kelowna West.

After Clark won the seat by almost 10,000 votes during the 2017 election, the favourite in February has to be her replacement Ben Stewart.

With legislature seats between the BC NDP and BC Liberals tied at 41, the seat is vital. Such a slender plurality makes a minority government vulnerable to losing confidence votes.

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"For too long, the BC Liberals took Kelowna West for granted".

Shelley Cook, a former John Howard Society executive director, will represent the New Democrats in the riding, while the BC Green Party has nominated Robert Stupka, an engineer and certified passive house designer.

Ben Stewart, who had given up his seat to allow Clark to be elected in 2013, is the Liberal candidate.

General voting for the byelection will begin on February 14, from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.


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