There was no big surprise in the BC by-elections tonight.
BC Leader Kevin Falcon cruised to an easy victory in Vancouver-Quilchea, defeating New Democrat Jeanette Ashe, BC Greens’ Wendy Hayko, Conservative Dallas Brodie and Libertarian Sandra Filosof-Schipper.
With 96 percent of the ballot boxes counted at 8:45 pm, Falcón obtained 58.34 percent of the vote.
Ashe, a political science professor at Douglas College, came in second with 24.58 percent. She was followed by Hayko, an emergency management specialist, with 9.73 percent.
The Conservative, Brodie, was at 6.72 percent.
The seat was vacated by former BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson after his party was defeated by the NDP in the 2020 provincial election. He won 56 per cent of the vote in his constituency in his last two elections.
Vancouver Quilchena is the second wealthiest provincial electoral district in BC. It runs from west of Granville Street from West 16th to West 57th, where it links with West Boulevard to the Fraser River. Includes Musqueam #2 Indian Reservation, Dunbar-Southlands, Arbutus Ridge, Kerrisdale, and portions of Shaughnessy and Marpole.
Falcon was elected in Surrey as the BC Liberal candidate in 2001, 2005 and 2009. He held various cabinet positions, including health and finance, before opting not to seek re-election in 2013.
For the past several years, he has been a senior executive at Anthem Properties.