Decision BC: Popular vote breakdown
Liberal Environment Minister Terry Lake has kept his seat of Kamloops-North Thompson.
Lake defeated NDP challenger Kathy Kendall, with 6,057 votes to Kendall’s 4,482 as of 10:06 p.m. on election night.
The two Kamloops ridings are historically considered bellwether ridings: their MLAs form governments. With Liberal members in both ridings, and a Liberal government yet again, this seems to have held true.
Lake was first elected to provincial politics in 2009, but had previously served as Mayor of Kamloops from 2005-2008, and was a councillor before that. Lake is a veterinarian by trade and led the Sled Dog Task Force before being named to cabinet.
Kendall is a legal aid lawyer who runs her own practice. She has previously worked for the Legal Service Society, representing low-income clients. According to her website, she has also done volunteer work for HIV-positive children in Ethiopia, and volunteered for the Canadian Bar Association in Laos.