Election 2021 results: Liberals heading toward sweep in Richmond and Delta

The Liberals appear set to pull off an upset and sweep both Richmond ridings

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The Liberals appear set to pull off an upset and sweep both Richmond ridings.


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Liberal Parm Bains, a Kwantlen business instructor, was leading Conservative incumbent Kenny Chiu in in Steveston-Richmond East, while Liberal Wilson Miao was leading Alice Wong, a Conservative MP first elected in 2008, in poll returns in Richmond Centre on election night.

But both Conservative incumbent candidates said there were thousands of advance and mail-in ballots yet to be counted, which could take days, and neither had conceded the seats.

With almost 100 per cent of polls returned, at midnight, Miao was ahead of Wong by about 700 votes. And more than 3,300 votes separated Chiu from his opponent.

Wong’s campaign manager said there were a potential 12,300 votes yet to be counted and Chiu’s team estimated more than 13,000 uncounted votes.


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Before the final polls were returned on Monday night, Bains said he would be honoured to represent Steveston-Richmond East in Ottawa.

He said his priorities would be to build affordable public housing and to work on a pandemic recovery.

“I’m passionate about affordability and housing, I’ve been speaking about that for years,” said Bains, adding that he would work to create housing for the “missing middle. It’s all about creating options.”

Conservative candidate for Richmond Centre Alice Wong.
Conservative candidate for Richmond Centre Alice Wong. Photo by Conservative Party /PNG

In Richmond Centre, Wong’s goal of a fifth term as MP was in jeopardy after easily winning the riding in 2019, with 49 per cent of the votes, compared to the second-place Conservative candidate’s 35 per cent.

Wong, who has won her seat in the last four elections — in 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2019 — served as the parliamentary secretary for multiculturalism. She said her priorities was improving the physical and mental well being of people in Richmond during the pandemic.


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Wong said the fact there were a minimal change in the number of seats proves the election was a waste of time and money.

“Even with a minority government (before the election), all the parties were working together and you can get things done,” she said.

She said if she is returned to Ottawa after the final vote count, she would focus on improving housing for seniors and creating jobs for women, both groups of whom she said were particularly hurt by COVID. And she said her number one priority is to restart the economy in Richmond Centre.

Chiu said his run for re-election may have been affected by “a lot of untruths and fabricated lies” in the Chinese media.

“That the Conservatives are anti-China and that Kenny Chiu was anti-Chinese,” he said.


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He vowed to continue to fight for issues important to Richmond residents, even if he doesn’t end up winning his seat.

“I will hold the government accountable,” he said.

Miao, who is listed online as a real estate agent and whose bio on his campaign website said he works in communications for a news outlet, didn’t return phone calls or texts requesting comment on Monday night.

Liberal candidate for Richmond Centre Wilson Miao.
Liberal candidate for Richmond Centre Wilson Miao. Photo by Liberal Party of Canada /PNG

Miao’s campaign website said he and would “promote Canadian values” and address the “rise in hate crimes” in Richmond. Miao also said he would support youth with their careers and the Liberals planned to eliminate all student loan interest.

Also running were the NDP’s Sandra Nixon, Green Party’s Laura Gillanders and James Hinton of the People’s Party of Canada.


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In Steveston-Richmond East, Chiu, who unseated Liberal incumbent Joe Peschisolido in 2019 in a close race separated only by 2,747 votes, was 2,000 votes behind Bains at press time Monday night.

Also running were Jack Trovato for the NDP, Francoise Raunet for the Greens and Jennifer Singh for the PPC.

Liberal candidate for Delta Carla Qualtrough.
Liberal candidate for Delta Carla Qualtrough. Photo by Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/File

Meanwhile in Delta, Liberal Carla Qualtrough, incumbent MP and former cabinet minister, most recently the employment, workforce development and disability inclusion portfolio, had a 4,000 vote lead over the runner-up Conservative candidate, Garry Shearer, which means she is likely to be returned to Ottawa for a third term.

“I’m a little emotional right now,” said Qualtrough. “It’s been a tough year and a half for everybody. And I appreciate it (the win) so much.”


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She said even though the makeup of the House didn’t change much, “It was really important to put forth a post-pandemic vision for our country” and to finish the government’s recovery from the pandemic.

She said the issues such as the pandemic, the economic recovery and the proposed national child care program “weren’t on the table in 2019.”

She said even though the Liberals will continue to govern as a minority, “It (the election result) is a vote of confidence to get the country through the worst part of the crisis.”

Also running for the Delta seat were NDP’s Monika Dean, Jeremy Smith of the Green Party, PPC candidate Paul Tarasenko and Independent candidate Hong Yan Pan.



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