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Premier big spender in Westside-Kelowna by-election

Premier Christy Clark June 5, 2013 announcing she will run in a byelection in Westside-Kelowna.
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October 17, 2013 - 2:42 PM

KELOWNA – It’s not surprising the B.C. Liberals were taking no chances when it came to getting their candidate elected in July’s Westside-Kelowna’s by-election.

Premier Christy Clark’s campaign spent $51,241.88 to make sure their leader had a seat in the legislature. Most of the money came from the B.C Liberal Party. Clark received roughly 63 per cent of the vote.

Former Westside-Kelowna Liberal MLA Ben Stewart stepped down to allow the premier to run in the by-election after she lost her Vancouver seat in the May general election.

The NDP’s Carole Gordon was second on the list from Elections B.C. with at total of $38,942. She grabbed about 30 per cent of the vote.

And coming in a distant third place was B.C. Conservative candidate Sean Upshaw. His campaign spent just over $6,200 for about 6 per cent of the ballots cast on by-election day.

There were five other candidates who ran in the by-election, but they didn’t spend very much and had almost no chance of winning. Together their spending came in at around $2,000 with most of it coming from out of their own pockets. All five only received around one per cent of the total vote.

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