In this federal election year, more by-elections are on the docket with the 2019 Nanaimo Ladysmith by election.
Having just seen a race nearby in Burnaby South, won by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, we go right back out to British Columbia. The Liberals will test the NDP again, this time on Vancouver Island, but they will both have company. We could have the makings of a four-way race in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, with the Conservatives and Greens both having pulled respectable vote totals here in 2015. As you might expect, it’s also very close to Elizabeth May’s riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.
Former MP Sheila Malcolmson, elected as an NDP rookie in 2015, stood down on January 2, 2019 to run for the provincial legislature. Malcolmson now sits on government benches in Victoria as MLA for Nanaimo.
On May 6, voters will decide. Which candidate will they choose?
2019 Nanaimo Ladysmith By Election: The Riding
Nanaimo-Ladysmith was created for the 2015 federal election, and as such had no prior MP. The City of Nanaimo, one of the largest settlements on Vancouver Island, is entirely within its boundaries. Ladysmith, a town south of Nanaimo, is also here, and finally including Lantzville and parts of Cowichan Valley.
The riding was fashioned out of parts of Nanaimo-Alberni and Nanaimo-Cowichan, and as such there was no MP prior to 2015.
2019 Nanaimo Ladysmith By Election: Last Election
Sheila Malcolmson won her first election to Parliament in 2015; for now, it is the only one she’s making. Based on the redistributed 2011 results, the NDP suffered a significant negative swing but still held the seat. The Conservative vote fell precipitously while the Green share rose along with that of the Liberals.
2019 Nanaimo Ladysmith By Election: Candidates
The following is the current list of candidates for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election.
|Bob Chamberlin (New Democratic)|
|Michelle Corfield (Liberal)|
|John Hirst (Conservative)|
|Paul Manly (Green)|
|Jennifer Clarke (People’s Party)|
|Brian Marlatt (Progressive Canadian)|
|Jakob Letkemann (National Citizens Alliance)|
2019 Nanaimo Ladysmith By Election: Current Prediction
Electionarium predicts an NDP Hold as of March 30, 2019.
2019 Nanaimo Ladysmith By Election: Analysis, March 30, 2019
There won’t be too many more by-elections prior to October’s federal election. This is one of the final warm-up acts before the main event, at least on a federal level. Remember, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island are all also voting in 2019, though these provincial elections have different dynamics.
The NDP is put on defense again as another of their MPs took a job closer to home. They just selected their candidate as of the date of this writing, Bob Chamberlin. He will be the top pick to win the seat, given the NDP’s entrenchment in the area, but it won’t be an easy win if they get it. Manly was the Green candidate last time, Clarke could help split the Conservative vote, and Corfield is known in the community as the chairperson of the Nanaimo Port Authority.