The Liberals may not have won seats nationally in the 2021 federal election, but they did gain a dominant foothold in Metro Vancouver.
As of 11 p.m., the party was leading or elected in 13 seats in the region, winning 11 seats in 2019 – though still shy of the historic 16 seats it won in its historic 2015 “Red Wave”. was achieved in
The Conservatives reduced their eight seats to just two in 2019, while the NDP increased their total from four to five.
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The urban heart of British Columbia is the largest prize west of the Rockies, representing 24 of the 42 federal seats in the province.
The vote-rich suburb, dubbed “BC’s 905” in reference to the bedroom communities around Toronto, can make or break a party in its quest for power or majority government.
In 2015, on the way to a Justin Trudeau majority, the “red wave” flipped eight of those key suburban seats and dominated the Metro Vancouver electoral map in the region’s best performance in decades.
metro vancouver strength
It was a good night for the Liberals in Richmond, where the party appeared to be on track to sweep both the Richmond Center and the Steveston-Richmond East.
Richmond Center was one of the few Metro Vancouver rides that the Liberals failed to capture on their 2015 boom, a feat they appeared set to eventually accomplish in 2021.
With the election reporting 170 of 185 on Monday night, Liberal Wilson Miao led veteran Conservative incumbent Alice Wong by just under 500 votes.
If the result holds, it will be a major turnaround – Wong has ridden since 2008 and won it in 2019 by nearly 8,000 votes.
The Liberals won Steveston-Richmond East in 2015, but lost it to Kenny Chiu in 2019 by just 2,700 votes.
With the election reporting 184 out of 188 on Monday night, Granthshala News estimated that the Liberal Perm Bans easily defeated Chiu by a margin of over 3,000 votes.
The second major breakthrough for the Liberals was in Cloverdale-Langley City, where Liberal John Aldag looked set to oust Conservative incumbent Tamara Jenson.
Aldag led by about 1,500 votes, reporting 191 out of 202 elections.
Jansen won the seat in 2019 by less than 1,400 votes, while the Liberals won it in 2015. But the BC NDP won the region in the 2020 provincial election – raising the possibility that demographic changes could make progressives more competitive in the region.
Conservatives and liberals both pledged funding to complete the Surrey-Langley Skytrain, expressing the importance of the ride.
Janssen has also taken several controversial social conservative positions, including Liberals’ use of the word “impure” in a speech against a proposed ban on conversion therapy.
Elsewhere in the region, Granthshala News projected that the party would take on other major 2015 acquisitions, including Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson’s North Vancouver ride, and Terry Beach’s Burnaby North-Seymour ride.
Liberal Ron McKinnon also took on the Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, one of the closest races in Canada in 2019, when he won by just 390 ballots.
This time, McKinnon made short work of Conservative challenger Katerina Anastasiadis, winning more than eight percent.
Veteran MP Hedi Fry was elected to the Vancouver Center for the 10th time in a row, and cabinet ministers Harjit Sajjan and Carla Qualtro won again in their respective rides of Vancouver-South and Delta.
too close to call
Everyone leading the Liberals was watching on Monday night, but the race in Vancouver-Granville won’t be decided until Tuesday.
By midnight, Liberal Taleb Noormohammed led only a handful of votes over the NDP’s Anjali Appadurai in the ride once held by independent and former Liberal cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybold.
With Wilson-Raybould not running again, many observers chose Vancouver-Granville for an easy Liberal victory.
But Noormohammed had a rough campaign, plagued in recent years by questions about his real estate dealings, which seemed contrary to the spirit of his pledge to crack down on party house flipping.
With a large number of mail-in ballots still pending, the seat may still flip orange.
NDP on the way to turn one seat
Vancouver-Granville aside, the NDP’s gains in the region did not meet the party’s ambitions.
A bright spot for the New Democrats was Port Moody-Coquitlam, a seat the party was a hair’s breadth from capturing in 2019 when Bonita Zarillo fell to Conservative Nelly Shinn by a little over 150 votes.
The year was a rematch, and with 195 elections reporting out of 206, Zarillo held a nearly 1,500-vote lead over Shin.
The NDP last held the seat in 2015 under Finn Donnelly, but did not win there before 1988.
Elsewhere in the region, New Democrats held seats in Burnaby South – the home of party leader Jagmeet Singh – New Westminster-Burnby, Vancouver East and Vancouver Kingsway.
Tory virtually shut down
Monday night was not the night Erin O’Toole and her conservatives were expecting in Metro Vancouver.