The B.C. provincial election will be held Oct. 24.
This is your daily campaign trail update with everything you need for Oct. 23, 2020.
This page will be updated throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.
WHERE THE LEADERS ARE TODAY
John Horgan, NDP : The NDP leader will campaign in the riding of Richmond-Queensborough with candidates from several of the Lower Mainland battleground ridings. Horgan will join Aman Singh, Brenda Bailey, Mike Starchuk, Tesicca Truong, Fin Donnelly, Kelly Greene, and Henry Yao for a final campaign announcement. He will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. at Rozzini’s Restaurant in New Westminster.
Andrew Wilkinson, Liberal: The Liberal leader starts his day in North Vancouver before heading to Port Moody and then Maple Ridge. He’ll wrap up his day campaigning in Surrey.
Sonia Furstenau, Green: The Green leader is in Duncan today and will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. at the Ramada.
TWEETS FROM THE TRAIL
.@jjhorgan has long complained about majority govs centralizing power in the premier’s office, ignoring all other MLAs, and running like a dictatorship. With polls suggesting he could win a majority, I ask him how he plans to avoid becoming the kind of premier he used to hate. https://t.co/kndpoPEHQc
— Rob Shaw (@RobShaw_BC) October 23, 2020
This may be my favourite story of this whole damn election… https://t.co/bAtBmNRbZV
— Rob Shaw (@RobShaw_BC) October 23, 2020
GUIDES AND LINKS
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CAMPAIGN TRAIL NEWS
7 a.m. – Latest results from Burger Heaven’s burger poll
The “bun official” burger poll Friday morning from New Westminster’s Burger Heaven shows a slight increase for the Conservatives and a tie for three of the parties since Thursday’s poll:
Horgan Burger: 42%
Furstenau Burger: 16%
Bolin Burger: 16%
Wilkinson Burger: 16%
6 a.m. – Political leaders campaign for votes on last day before voting begins
The B.C. election campaign is in its last day with the main opponents to the NDP sounding a familiar refrain in their final pitch for votes.
Both the B.C. Liberals and the Greens criticized NDP Leader John Horgan on Thursday for calling the snap election as COVID-19 infections surged in a second wave.
Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson joined Green Leader Sonia Furstenau in calling Saturday’s election unnecessary.
Horgan defended his decision, saying he listened to Elections BC and public health officials, who determined that voters could cast their ballots safely.
He has said the decision to call the election was based on his belief that the province needs the stability of a majority government because of COVID-19.
But Furstenau said the summer session of the legislature saw strong collaboration on the pandemic as she has urged voters to see the value of a minority government.
-The Canadian Press
With just a day left in the election campaign, the B.C. NDP retain a commanding lead over the B.C. Liberals, a poll released Friday morning suggests.
The Leger survey — conducted Oct. 18 to 21 for The Vancouver Sun and The Province — found 47 per cent of the 1,100 randomly selected respondents would vote for the NDP, 36 per cent for the Liberals and 14 per cent for the Greens.
The NDP led for both men and women, across all age groups and in vote-rich regions of Metro Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, even when factoring in the poll’s plus or minus three-point margin of error. The Liberals led in only one region, the “rest of B.C.”
The NDP’s standing has changed little in the three polls by Leger during the campaign. A poll conducted Sept. 24 to 28 showed the NDP at 47 per cent support, while another conducted Oct. 6 to 9 had the party at 50 per cent support.
The Liberal support has increased from a low of 31 per cent, while the Greens have improved from 12 per cent.
While polls have been wrong in the past, the consistent strong showings of the NDP suggest an NDP victory, said Andrew Enns, Leger executive vice-president.
A new plan that calls for a greater government investment in the Downtown Eastside — at a time when overdose deaths remain high and the homelessness crisis continues — has been sent to the leaders of the main political parties as well as candidates in six key Vancouver ridings.
The hope, said Dr. Bill MacEwan, a psychiatrist who has worked for two decades in the Downtown Eastside, was to push drug and mental health treatment onto the front stage of a campaign that has been dominated by the COVID pandemic and the ailing economy.
“I would like it to have had a larger role but I understand that there’s other issues that are dominating everyone’s view,” he said. “The worry I have is that people are thinking this is too difficult, too contentious an area. … But it is a very, extremely doable plan and can achieve a lot if we’re given the opportunity to do it.”
The plan was created by the Building Community Society, a group that also includes former premier and Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt as well as policy-makers with decades of experience in the Downtown Eastside.
WHAT THE LEADERS ARE SAYING:
Andrew Wilkinson, Liberal: “We all know there is going to be no final result for a couple of weeks after Saturday and then there is another four weeks after that to swear in a government. So we are talking about 10 weeks with no functioning government in the middle of a crisis.”
Sonia Furstenau, Green: “I’ve been giving people a vision and a party to vote for…It’s clear that British Columbians are taking a serious look at the B.C. Greens. (People) can see how badly we need Green voices in the legislature.”
John Horgan, NDP: “ I believe British Columbians will take steps to protect themselves … certainly voting and an election are safe. The public health officer has told us that and Elections B.C. told us that.”
SOCIAL MEDIA STUMPING
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