Surrey vote reflects bigger federal picture – The Tri-City News

Surrey vote reflects bigger federal picture - The Tri-City News
South Surrey-White Rock: Liberals lose seat to Conservatives
British Columbias second largest city handed two of its five Liberal seats back to the Conservatives as Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus wings were clipped Monday — his Liberal government winning only a plurality of seats in the 43rd Canadian federal election, leaving him with the prospect of forming a minority government.

The Liberals lost about 30 seats from their 2015 majority victory, while the opposition Conservatives gained about 20 seats.

The Liberals’ 2015 surge included wins in ridings like Vancouver South and North Vancouver that Liberals have won in the past. But it also included a near sweep of Surrey, and pickups in outer-suburban ridings traditionally hostile to the Liberals, some with decades-long histories of sending exclusively Conservative or Reform MPs to Ottawa.

Former Conservative cabinet minister (Minister of National Revenue) Kerry Lynne-Findlay unseated Liberal incumbent Gordie Hogg in South Surrey-White Rock, while newcomer Conservative Tamara Jansen narrowly unseated Hoggs colleague John Aldag, a rookie MP from 2015 in Cloverdale-Langley City.

And in perhaps the most painful loss for the Liberals, Jody Wilson-Raybould — the former Liberal justice minister and attorney general who was at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin Affair, won re-election, defeating a concerted attempt by Liberal Taleeb Noormohamed to retake the riding.

VIDEO: Peninsula voters send Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay to Ottawa

Liberal incumbents Sukh Dhaliwal, Randeep Sarai and Ken Hardie won in Surrey-Newton, Surrey Centre and Fleetwood-Port Kells.

In Surrey—Newton and Surrey Centre, it was the NDP the Liberals fended off. Incumbent Sukh Dhaliwal easily defeated New Democrat Harjit Singh Gill, and in Surrey Centre, Randeep Singh Sarai held through a tighter contest with Sarjit Singh Saran.

Meanwhile, the NDP, under leadership of Jagmeet Singh, failed to gain more support in Surrey, not unlike the partys results across the country. In the predominantly South Asian ridings of Surrey-Newton and Surrey Centre New Democrats placed second, despite an early campaign scandal that revealed Trudeau wore blackface multiple times in his pre-politics career.

Liberal Terry Beech managed to fend off a comeback attempt by former NDP MP Svend Robinson in Burnaby—North Seymour, the epicentre of the debate over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, despite strong opposition to the project locally.

In 2011 Surrey elected two Conservatives and two New Democrats to Ottawa, reflecting an NDP surge to official opposition status behind a Conservative majority government led by Stephen Harper. But in 2015, when Canada collectively voted out Harper and propelled Trudeau under a red wave of support, Surreys five new, realigned ridings all went to the Liberals. Aldag won in the conservative rural area of east Surrey and Langley and Hogg, in a 2017 byelection, positioned himself in the typically conservative wealthy suburb of South Surrey and the municipality of White Rock. Hogg, a former BC Liberal MLA, spent just under two years as an MP.

Specific federal issues facing Surrey include needed funding for a SkyTrain extension to Langley; federal support to transition from the RCMP to a municipal police force; climate change mitigation, such as raising dykes; immigration; and housing affordability despite being one of the lesser expensive places to live in the Lower Mainland.

VANCOUVER – South Surrey White Rock has voted out incumbent Liberal Gordie Hogg in favour of Kerry-Lynne Findlay.

The challenge for the Liberals was to lock down 2015’s gains in traditionally Tory ridings such as Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam; Cloverdale—Langley City; Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge; and Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon.

The CTV News Decision desk has declared Findlay the winner, with the Liberals falling into second. 

In Steveston—Richmond East, Liberal Joe Peschisolido fell to Conservative Kenny Chiu in a rematch of the 2015 election. Peschisolido had won the riding by nearly 3,000 votes in that prior contest.

Historically speaking, former mayor Hogg was considered an underdog. Until his byelection victory in December 2017, no Liberal had represented any part of the frequently redrawn riding since the 1940s.

Hogg narrowly emerged victorious in that byelection, claiming 47.4 per cent of the vote to Findlays 42.3.

That said, both elections since the electoral districts current boundaries were drawn in 2013 have been close Liberal-Conservative contests.

The party has managed to hang on to 11 of the 16 seats it had picked up as the party swept to a historic majority in 2015. There are 24 seats up for grabs in the area.

Mixed emotions at Townhall Public House in South Surrey-White Rock where supporters of #CPCs Kerry-Lynne Findlay are thrilled with her substantial lead over incumbent Liberal Gordie Hogg, but disappointed with national results. @CTVVancouver #ctvelxn

As the final results from the 2019 election are tallied, some clear winners and losers have emerged in British Columbia. 4