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Canada election results: Vancouver East

Jenny Kwan of the NDP has been re-elected in Vancouver East.

Kwan finished with 52.5 per cent of the vote, well ahead of Liberal Kyle Demes and Bridget Burns of the Greens.

The New Democratic Party, and before it the left-leaning Co-operative Commonwealth, have won 24 of the last 26 elections in Vancouver East. The riding is home to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as well as more working class, bohemian and artistic neighbourhoods in East Vancouver.

Federal Election 2019: NDP Jenny Kwan reacts to Liberal minority
Federal Election 2019: NDP Jenny Kwan reacts to Liberal minority

Four years ago, Kwan was handed the task of replacing longtime MP Libby Davies, who served the community from 1997 to 2015. Kwan, a longtime NDP MLA, was elected in 2015 with 29,316 votes (49.9 per cent) beating Liberal Edward Wong by nearly 13,000 votes.

Candidates

NDP: Jenny Kwan
Liberal: Kyle Demes
Conservative: Chris Corsetti
Green: Bridget Burns
People’s Party of Canada: Karin Litzcke

Geography

The riding consists of parts of East Vancouver, including Commercial Drive, and parts of downtown Vancouver, including the Downtown Eastside. Its southern border is made up of 14 Avenue from Ontario Street in the west, to Grandview Highway up until Boundary Road in the east. Its northern border is the waters of Vancouver Harbour.

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Demographics

European: 61,755, 56.2 per cent
Chinese: 24,320, 22.1 per cent
Aboriginal: 6,630, 6 per cent
Filipino: 5,130, 4.7 per cent