Resounding win on islands for Gary Coons

  • May. 18, 2009 7:00 p.m.

Islanders voted overwhelmingly for NDP MLA Gary Coons in Tuesday’s provincial election, numbers from the polling stations show. Mr. Coons was elected with the support of 57 percent of voters across the riding, but he was the choice of 64 percent of islanders. He was most popular in Old Massett, where 86 percent voted for him, and least popular in Port Clements, where he got 48 percent support. Neither of the other two candidates came close to Mr. Coons’s numbers at any of the seven polling stations and two advance polls held here. Green Party candidate Lisa Girbav was more popular on the islands than the mainland: 14 percent of islanders cast their ballots for the first-time candidate, compared to just over 7 percent across the riding. She was strongest in Masset (18 percent) and the least favoured by voters in Old Massett and Skidegate (just over 5 percent). Liberal candidate Herb Pond, who spent the past six years as mayor of Prince Rupert, was, not surprisingly, more popular on the mainland than on Haida Gwaii. Only in Port Clements did he reach the 34 percent support he had in the riding as a whole.