NAP Sheila Malcolmson has won a critical selection at Nanaimo, B.C., retaining the party's delicate custody in the province, CBC News projects.
Malcolmson, a former federal NAP MP, will replace Leonard Krog, a five-member NDP member of the legislator who resigned last year after being elected Nanaimo Mayor.
The results of Vancouver Island selection retain the status quo, 42 opposition seats for the opposition liberals, only 43 of the NAP and Green Party.
The Greens agreed to support the NAP after the provincial elections in 2017, allowing them to form a minority government.
The NAP has been driving, with 45,359 registered voters registered for 13 of the last 15 elections. The January vote means that the winner will take part in the Winter Session and the Provincial Budget Legislature, which will be announced in February.
"We have a lot of work to do"
Standing next to B.C. Prime Minister John Horgan in Nanaima just before PT, Malcolmson, turned to their supporters and thanked her volunteers and voters.
"Nanaimo is not tired of the desire, as it turns out," she said, adding that we have a lot to do.
She said B.C. NAP priorities including B.C. shore protection from oil tankers, increasing the number of provincial doctors and improving access to childcare.
"We are watching climate change emissions in the most ambitious North American program, and we are doing this by creating environmentally friendly jobs," she said.
"At the moment, the country has the strongest economy, but we have to make sure that the economy is common to all."
The crowd chanting "Sheila" as prime minister John Horgan accompanies his NAP candidate on the podium. Hundreds here celebrate what they call "great victory" #bcpoli #cbc #NanaimoVotes @cbcnewsbc pic.twitter.com/uwPZXMKnYG
Malcolmson was elected to the federal Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding in 2015. She announced that in October 2018 she would be released from the federal seat to guide her in the selection.
Malcolmson beat B.C. Liberal candidate Tony Harris, well-known Nanaimo entrepreneur, and B.C. Green candidate Michele Ney, teacher and daughter of former Nanaimo Mayor and provincial MLA Frank Ney.
In a statement Ney congratulated Malcolmson on writing "The results achieved tonight speaks to voters' desire to see the government continue to work with BC Greens."
BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver wrote that although today's performance was unsatisfactory in the light of talks with Green voters over the past few weeks.
"I can say with absolute confidence that our support goes beyond the number of votes that the party is giving today."