Rob Fleming of the BC NDP has been re-elected in the riding of Victoria-Swan Lake, Global News projects.
Fleming has spent more of his life in politics than he has out of it.
The former student government president and city councillor is running for re-election.
Fleming has represented Victoria-Hillside and now Victoria-Swan Lake since 2005.
Provincially, the 48-year-old’s profile has never been bigger, having served as the education minister since 2017. During the campaign he faced questioned often over his government’s decision to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2017, he won the riding with 13,374 votes, beating out BC Green candidate Chris Maxwell who received 7,413 votes. BC Liberal Stacey Piercey finished third with 3,960 ballots.
This was one of six ridings in B.C. where the Greens finished second in 2017.
This year, the BC Greens have recruited federal Crown lawyer Annemieke Holthuis. The BC Liberals have nominated party activist and legislative assistant David Somerville.
- BC NDP: Rob Fleming
- BC Liberals: David Somerville
- BC Greens: Annemieke Holthuis
- Communist Party of BC: Walt Parsons
- Independent: Jenn Smith
Swing Riding Meter
The riding has been held by the BC NDP since 1991, except for the 2001 race when it went to the BC Liberals.
It was the 56th closest race in the province in 2017 based on winning percentage. Fleming won by 23.9 per cent.
- BC NDP: Rob Fleming, 13,374 votes (53.61%)
- BC Greens: Christopher AMaxwell 7,413 votes (29.71%)
- BC Liberals: Stacey Piercey, 3,960 votes (15.87%)
- Vancouver Island Party: David Costigane 203 votes (0.81% votes)
This profile will continually be updated to reflect latest information, interviews and events in the campaign.
Find full B.C. 2020 provincial election coverage here.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots were requested across B.C. this election. As mail-in ballots cannot be counted until after election night, these results are not final.