October 19, 2015 10:49 pm
Updated: October 20, 2015 3:28 am

NDP’s Gord Johns win in Courtenay-Alberni

Gord Johns has been elected in Courtenay-Alberni.

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NDP candidate Gord Johns has been elected in the riding of Courtenay-Alberni.

Johns took 38.1 per cent of the vote, beating out Conservative John Duncan, who finished with 28.2 per cent.

Liberal Carrie Powell-Davidson finished third with 21.8 per cent.

Courtenay-Alberni is an updated version of the former Nanaimo-Alberni riding.

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A large seat spanning central Vancouver Island, this riding includes the coastal communities between Parksville and Courtenay on the east coast of the riding, Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast, and Port Alberni in the middle.

The riding previously used to include Lantzville/North Nanaimo, but exchanged that area with Courtenay/Cumberland to the north in redistribution.

The boundary changes meant Duncan, the longtime Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North, was seeking re-election in a part of the island where 85 per cent of people have never seen his name on the ballot.

In the last election, the riding of Nanaimo-Alberni elected James Lunney, who was first elected as a Canadian Alliance MP in 2000. He defeated his NDP challenger by 8.1 per cent.

Full results from the 2015 federal election

Full results from B.C. in the 2015 federal election

Candidates

Conservative: John Duncan, MP for Vancouver Island North since 2008. Duncan has been an MP on Vancouver Island for all but two years since 1993 (he was defeated in 2006)

NDP: Gord Johns, former Tofino councillor and current Chamber of Commerce executive director

Liberal: Carrie Powell-Davidson, a two-term councillor with the City of Parksville

Green: Glenn Sollitt, a small business owner

Marxist-Leninist: Barbara Biley

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