Christy Clark got what she desperately needed to remain premier of British Columbia: a seat in the provincial legislature.
Clark convincingly won Wednesday’s by-election in the riding of Westside-Kelowna over NDP challenger Carole Gordon.
Clark was rejected by voters in her riding of Vancouver-Point Grey during the May 14 provincial election. The voters chose New Democrat David Eby. Instead of stepping aside, Clark stayed on as premier but wasn’t allowed to partake in legislative business. So, fellow Liberal MLA Ben Stewart had to step down to allow her to win Westside-Kelowna, a traditional Liberal stronghold.
To be fair, Clark deserved to remain premier. She engineered the Liberals’ surprising come-from-behind majority win in May’s provincial election. The pollsters had forecast a majority victory for Adrian Dix and the New Democrats.
But here’s the weird part: Kicking off her campaign in mid-June, Clark promised: “I’m going to work as hard as I can to earn every single vote.”
She worked hard alright. At the time of writing, Clark had won 62.70 per cent of the popular vote. But there’s one vote she failed to bag. Hers. Clark didn’t vote. She couldn’t. She doesn’t live in the Westside-Kelowna riding.
That’s democracy, Canada-style.