Facts vs. fairytales from the 2012 by-election

Re: Letter to Editor - No such thing as a 'right-wing split', published June 1, 2012

Re: Letter to Editor – No such thing as a ‘right-wing split’, published June 1, 2012

Claiming that a ‘right-wing split’ wasn’t the reason Gwen O’Mahony won April’s by-election basically amounts to burying ones face firmly in the sand. The numbers don’t lie; O’Mahony and the BCNDP received 6,022 votes in the by-election, but the combined votes of the two free enterprise parties was 8,208 — a full 2,186 more votes.

It is painfully clear that if supporters of free enterprise politics had stayed united under one coalition, O’Mahony wouldn’t be celebrating the opening of her new office (which, by the way, is far outside the boundaries of the actual riding).

All of the candidates worked hard to win the by-election – no one would dispute that. However, while looking at her campaign through rose-coloured glasses might make the author of this letter feel a sense of accomplishment, there is no way to dispute the fact that a split amongst free enterprise voters was the key to O’Mahony’s success. Her win was legitimate — but the numbers don’t lie about what made that possible.

Collin Rogers

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

SFU Pipe Band comes to Chilliwack

Champion bagpipers will play on Leap Day

Agassiz Anglican Church hosts benefit dinner

Door prizes, entertainment and a catered dinner

LETTER: We’re all shook up

Harvey Andrew of Agassiz reminisces about earthquakes in a letter.

Barking news: Annual Pet Lover Show returns to Abbotsford!

Largest animal showcase in Western Canada brings fur and feather fun

Hockey 4: Simply for the love of hockey

No scores kept, no MVPs named — in Hope they just play for fun

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

BC Ferries sailings filling up Family Day Monday

More than 20 sailings added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen for long weekend

Most Read