Tribune Staff Writer
Premier Christy Clark handily captured a seat in provincial legislature during the by-election in Westside-Kelowna last Wednesday.
“I am very pleased,” said Donna Barnett, Cariboo-Chilcotin Liberal MLA. “I knew that she would win. In my mind there was no doubt.”
“The people of Kelowna have always been very strong supporters of government that believes in a balanced budgets and jobs,” she said, pointing out that Clark will be the third premier from Kelowna.
“That’s very exciting for the people of Kelowna and the people of British Columbia.”
Clark received 62.7 per cent of the vote during the election where NDP candidate Carole Gordon was her strongest opponent, receiving 29.7 per cent of the popular vote.
A by-election was called when Liberal MLA Ben Stewart stepped down in June in order to allow Clark to obtain a seat in legislature after she lost her previous seat in Vancouver-Point Grey during the provincial election in May.
“We are thrilled with the by-election results and look forward to moving our government’s mandate forward with Premier Christy Clark,” said Cariboo North Liberal MLA Coralee Oakes.