When I was writing a column for the North Shore News, I “sort of” endorsed the then NDP candidate in North Vancouver Seymour riding, Maureen Norton. It was a tepid endorsement at best but I also foolishly predicted that the candidate had an outside chance (thus you can see my electoral prediction skills are very poor).
When the results came in with a landslide victory for the BC Liberal candidate, Jane Thornthwaite, I said to myself that in the future stay away from endorsing any candidate and definitely keep away from predictions.
Now four years later and when the NDP have won a by-election in Chilliwack, “hell has frozen over” and anything can happen. And thus I am back to predicting the election results.
So why would I look at the same riding and give thumbs up to the current NDP candidate, Jim Hanson? Certainly the past charges of drunk driving are far behind Jane
“Drunk-driving charge dropped against B.C. MLA
B.C. Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite has pleaded guilty to one charge of operating a vehicle with without due care, on Tuesday in North B.C. Crown prosecutors have dropped a drunk driving charge against Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite, following her arrest at a roadside stop last year during the Olympic Games.” CBC News
That should increase her chances in one of the safest BC Liberal seats in the Province. But despite the fact that she remains very personally popular in the riding, I kind of like the underdog and if the polls remain the same I do believe a good NDP candidate can pull it off. That candidate according to my good friend and former Green Party candidate in the riding, John Sharpe, is lawyer Jim Hanson.
Here we have a former Green Candidate in the riding who garnered 12 per cent of the vote, working actively on the NDP campaign because?
“The NDP's environmental policies, i.e.; Enbridge and closer ties to average working people, are other reasons the NDP needs to form the next government in B.C,” Sharpe told me in an email.
Sharpe said he isn’t mortgaging the house on his candidate to win, but “even if the NDP come in as a close second in NV-Seymour, it will resonate strongly in the staunchly conservative riding and across the Province.”
Sounds a bit like a “faint hope clause” but the history of this riding shows that stranger things have been known to happen.
So if the good citizens of North Vancouver Seymour are looking for good strong and caring candidate and they just can’t hold their nose and vote BC Liberal, then give a second thought to the NDP’s Jim Hanson.
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