If you live in Chilliwack you might be wondering whether you’re even supposed to be voting in the April 19th by-election. We’ve had a number of calls to the station asking us what the boundaries are.
Basically the Chilliwack-Hope riding includes Harrison Hot Springs, up Hwy1 past Boston Bar, part of Hwys 3 and 5, and the eastern parts of Chilliwack.
In Chilliwack itself the boundary goes north on Lickman, east on South Sumas and Bailey, then north on Prest road. So basically, if you live in downtown Chilliwack, you are not voting.
Don Main with elections BC says if you’re not sure whether you’re included it’s easy to find out.
“There is a district electoral map on the website (larger than the one above:) but for voters that are not sure, I encourage them to call our 1-800 number.”
Main says if you haven’t registered to vote you can do so at the poll or over the phone. Advance voting days are April 14-18.
Meantime, it looks like this by election has another candidate. Just before nominations closed yesterday, 58 yr old Port Coquitlam resident Lewis Clark Dahlby threw his name in, running for the BC Libertarian Party. Dahlby has been with the party for some time, and has run in previous elections, both provincially and federally. He was born in Chilliwack. He joins Gwen O’Mahony (NDP), John Martin (BCCP), and Laurie Throness (Liberal).
For ALL the information you will need, including boundaries, candidates, voting locations and times, and registration, you can click this link: http://www.elections.bc.ca/index.php/by-chh-2012/
In related news, it seems there is a shift in BC’s political landscape.
A new Angus Reid Poll has found the Conservatives are now tied with the Liberals for support.
They each have 23% of decided voters and those leaning, 20% behind the NDP.
Adrian Dix is the preferred premier, 8% ahead of Christy Clark who continues to shed support.
One-in-four believe the economy is the most important issue facing the province, followed by health care, leadership, and education.