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BC Byelection

/ 97.3 The Eagle
               Ben Stewart easily won Wednesday’s byelection in Kelowna West to give the Liberals the most seats in the legislature with 42 — one more than the governing New Democrats. Stewart took the riding with just under 57 per cent of the votes while New Democrat Shelley Cook was second at 23 per cent and B-C Green party candidate Robert Stupka was third at a shade over 12.5 per cent. Kelowna West became vacant when Christy Clark resigned as Liberal leader and as an M-L- last summer after the party’s fall from power. Stewart, the founder of Quails Gate Estate Winery, had won the riding in 2013, but bowed out to allow Clark to run after she had lost the Vancouver-Point Grey riding. N-D-P Premier John Horgan congratulated Stewart after his win and noted Cook had faced an uphill battle in what has historically been a Liberal seat.

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