Delta candidate Carla Qualtrough was joined by other Lower Mainland Liberal candidates at Wellington Point Park in Ladner on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 to announce that a re-elected Liberal government would ban the export of thermal coal, both from and through Canada, by no later than 2030. (James Smith photo)

Delta candidate Carla Qualtrough was joined by other Lower Mainland Liberal candidates at Wellington Point Park in Ladner on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 to announce that a re-elected Liberal government would ban the export of thermal coal, both from and through Canada, by no later than 2030. (James Smith photo)

Liberal Qualtrough to serve third term as Delta’s MP

With 175 of 181 polls reporting in, Qualtrough had 42.1 per cent of the vote

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(Update at 11:50 p.m.)

Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough will serve another term as Delta’s MP.

With 175 of 181 polls reporting in, Qualtrough has 19,795 votes (42.1 per cent), putting her ahead of Conservative challenger Garry Shearer’s 15,774 votes (33.6 per cent). NDP hopeful Monika Dean, meanwhile, has 8,708 votes (18.5 per cent), followed by People’s Party of Canada candidate Paul Tarasenko with 1,197 (2.5 per cent), Green Jeremy Smith with 1,149 (2.4 per cent) and independent Hong Yan Pan with 355 (o.8 per cent).

The win secures Qualtrough a third term as Delta’s representative in Parliament, a position she has held since 2015.

“I’m actually kind of emotional,” Qualtrough told the Reporter Monday night, shortly after delivering her acceptance speech. “It’s been such a tough two years for Delta and for our country, and I’m just so happy to get to keep doing this because there’s so much work to do.”

Election night projections suggest Qualtrough will once again be part of a minority government, with the Liberals coming away with more or less with the same number seats they did in 2019.

Qualtrough, who served as minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion before the election was called last month, said that while the number of seats may not have changed much, the election has given her and the party a renewed mandate and focus as they move forward with Canada’s pandemic recovery.

“It’s become quite clear to me over the past five weeks how important it was to have a conversation with Canadians about how we’re going to move forward post-pandemic,” Qualtrough said.

“When we went to the polls two years ago we had a very different agenda, differently priorities. We hadn’t been through this global crisis, and so now it came out how different the parties’ visions were for how to move forward. So as much as feels like the results might be the same, I think the path forward that people have endorsed is very different. The priorities have shifted.

“We still have to get out of this crisis, we still have to recover completely economically, $10-a-day childcare is on the table — it feels different, and it has felt really important to get the support of the country about how we’re going to move forward.”

The election coincided with rising case totals amid the fourth wave of COVID-19, and the pandemic a top-of-mind issue for many voters Qualtrough met on the campaign trail.

“People are still very concerned about the pandemic. They’re concerned about everybody getting vaccinated, they want a government that shows leadership in vaccines and shows some certainty, whether it’s for businesses or for families.

“And I think the conversations I had around supporting provinces in their vaccine certification efforts were really important to Delta and to Delta businesses — you know, ‘How do I manage my staff if they don’t want to get vaccinated?’ There’s a lot of questions looming around vaccination, and those questions weren’t on the table two years ago.”

Asked what her top priorities will be once she resumes her work in Ottawa, Qualtrough highlighted the need to address affordability, “whether it’s housing or childcare or transit.”

“We really need to crack the nut in Delta on how people can afford to live here and raise their families here. Because we have labour shortages, but I think one of the underlying causes of that is that people can’t afford to live here, and so they’re not taking jobs here. So we really need to connect these dots, both for the social benefits of everybody having a home, but also for the economic benefits of having access to a workforce that lives in your community and everything.”

(Update at 9:45 p.m.)

Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough looks set to serve another term as Delta’s MP, though roughly a third of polls in Delta — plus mail-in and other special ballots — are still to be counted.

With 125 of 181 polls reporting in, Qualtrough has 10,217 votes (42.6 per cent), putting her ahead of Conservative challenger Garry Shearer’s 7,727 votes(32.2 per cent). NDP hopeful Monika Dean, meanwhile, has 4,613 votes (19.2 per cent), followed by Green Jeremy Smith with 637 (2.7 per cent), People’s Party of Canada candidate Paul Tarasenko with 580 (2.4 per cent) and independent Hong Yan Pan with 213 (o.9 per cent).

(Update at 9:08 p.m.)

Half of Delta’s 181 polls have reported in, and Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough is maintaining her lead over Conservative challenger Garry Shearer.

With 90 of 181 polls reporting in, Qualtrough has 6,706 votes (42.4 per cent) over Shearer’s 5,052 (32.0 per cent). NDP hopeful Monika Dean, meanwhile, has 3,112 votes (19.7 per cent), followed by Green Jeremy Smith with 417 (2.6 per cent), People’s Party of Canada candidate Paul Tarasenko with 382 (2.5 per cent) and independent Hong Yan Pan with 142 (o.9 per cent).

(Update at 8:58 p.m.)

Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough’s lead over Conservative challenger Garry Shearer is holding steady as more Delta polls report in.

With 75 of 181 polls reporting in, Qualtrough has 5,602 votes (42.6 per cent) over Shearer’s 4,169 (31.7 per cent). NDP hopeful Monika Dean, meanwhile, has 2,629 votes (20.0 per cent), followed by Green Jeremy Smith with 338 (2.6 per cent), People’s Party of Canada candidate Paul Tarasenko with 323 (2.5 per cent) and independent Hong Yan Pan with 100 (o.8 per cent).

(Update at 8:30 p.m.)

With 25 of 181 polls reporting in, Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough is still leading with 1,511 votes (43.0 per cent), followed by Conservative challenger Garry Shearer with 1,167 (33.1 per cent). NDP hopeful Monika Dean, has 648 (18.4 per cent), followed by Green Jeremy Smith with 106 (3.0 per cent), People’s Party of Canada candidate Paul Tarasenko with 72 (2.0 per cent) and independent Hong Yan Pan with 17 (o.5 per cent).

(Update at 8:01 p.m.)

The race between Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough and Conservative challenger Garry Shearer is tightening up as more polls report in.

With nine of 181 polls reporting in, Qualtrough is still leading with 475 votes (43.7 per cent), followed by Shearer with 360 (33.1 per cent). NDP hopeful Monika Dean, has 182 (16.7 per cent), followed by Green Jeremy Smith with 40 (3.7 per cent), People’s Party of Canada candidate Paul Tarasenko with 26 (2.4 per cent) and independent Hong Yan Pan with five (o.5 per cent).

(Update at 7:36 p.m.)

Federal election results in Delta are beginning to trickle in.

With three of the 181 polls reporting in, Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough is leading with 108 votes (54.8 per cent), followed by Conservative Garry Shearer with 65 (33 per cent). NDP hopeful Monika Dean, has 15 votes (7.6 per cent), followed by Green Jeremy Smith with five (2.5 per cent), People’s Party of Canada candidate Paul Tarasenko with three (1.5 per cent) and independent Hong Yan Pan with one (o.5 per cent).

Original story below…

Six candidates are running to be Delta’s next member of Parliament.

Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough is seeking a third term as Delta’s MP, a position she has held since 2015.

Challenging Qualtrough for Delta’s seat in Parliament are Conservative Garry Shearer, NDP hopeful Monika Dean, Green Jeremy Smith, People’s Party of Canada candidate Paul Tarasenko and independent Hong Yan Pan.

While it remains to be seen how many voters cast their ballot this election, three-quarters of the riding’s population — 77,372 of Delta’s 103,064 residents — registered to vote this time around, up from 76,871 in 2019. Elections Canada estimates 18,148 Deltans voted at advanced polls this election, up from 15,063 in 2019.

Voter turnout in Delta last election was 70.4 per cent, as Liberal incumbent Carla Qualtrough won a second term as Delta’s MP. Qulatrough captured 41.2 per cent of the vote that year, defeating Conservative challenger Tanya Corbet (33 per cent), NDP candidate Randy Anderson-Fennell (16.3 per cent), Green Craig DeCraene (6.3 per cent), People’s Party hopeful Angelina Ireland (1.8 per cent) and independents Amarit Bains and Tony Bennett (0.7 per cent each).

Voter turnout was a bit higher in 2015, when Qualtrough defeated Conservative incumbent Kerry-Lynne Findlay. Qualtrough captured 49.1 per cent of the vote to Findlay’s 32.8 per cent. The NDP’s Jeremy Leveque came in third with 14.9 per cent of the vote, while the Green Party’s Anthony Edward Devellano came in fourth with 3.2 per cent.



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