Liberal Coralee Oakes has been hired once again in Cariboo North.
Oakes captured 5,969 votes, which was more than 1800 votes clear of her nearest opponent.
Even she wasn’t expecting that…
“I am incredibly surprised and incredibly humbled. I saw some polls yesterday that were alarming and it just made our team get out and work extra hard today. They put their hearts and their souls, people that i have known for so many years, that stepped up today to get out the vote and to all of the volunteers in my entire campaign from the bottom of my heart they are the ones that delivered this and i am truly appreciative.”
The NDP’s Scott Elliott was the runner-up with 4,117 votes or 35 percent compared to 51 for Oakes.
Despite the loss, Elliott says he is proud of the campaign that they ran….
“My volunteers are amazing, I am proud of the people that came out and helped. We really wanted to try and make a better BC…there are so many people that came forward and were a part of this campaign because they wanted something better, too many people in poverty, education getting battled for 16 years, now we’re going to go at again for four more years.”
Elliott isn’t ruling out another run at provincial politics down the road.
Taking a look at the rest of the voting….Richard Jaques of the Green Party was a distant third with 836 votes and Tony Goulet of the BC Conservatives had 690.