Nathan Cullen will be returning to Ottawa to represent Skeena-Bulkley Valley, after winning the riding in Monday’s federal election.
Mr. Cullen will join 28 other NDP representatives who were elected Monday. The Conservatives will be forming a minority government.
The race in Skeena-Bulkley Valley, which was widely anticipated to be close, turned out to be a cakewalk for Mr. Cullen, who collected 18,596 votes, almost 50-percent of the total.
His nearest rival was Conservative Mike Scott, who received 12,630 votes, about 33-percent of the votes cast. Mr. Scott had served as MP previously, winning the Skeena riding in 1993 and 1997. It was his first election loss.
Liberal candidate Gordon Stamp-Vincent received 4,845 votes, far less than the 7,965 votes Liberal candidate Miles Richardson received in the 2004 federal election.
The Christian Heritage Party’s Rod Taylor received 1,243 votes (down from the 1,408 he received in 2004) and the Green Party’s Phil Brienesse finished last with 1,066 votes, slightly less than the Green Party received in 2004.
Returning officer Bill Smith said he can’t release results for the polls on the islands until next week. The results above are preliminary counts, and he expects there may some minor changes to these totals.
Mr. Smith said the preliminary figures show that 38,232 people voted in Skeena-Bulkley Valley, a slight increase from the previous federal election.
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