FLEETWOOD/PORT KELLS – Liberal Ken Hardie was victorious in the Fleetwood-Port Kells riding, edging out long-time Conservative incumbent Nina Grewal in the 2015 federal election.
Grewal had served as a Tory MP for the riding since 2004, when the riding was first contested.
Hardie took an early lead Monday night and the margin only widened as the votes were tallied.
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In the end, Hardie won with 46.9 per cent (22,841) of the vote, followed by Grewal with 29.3 per cent (14,273) and NDP’s Garry Begg with 21.5 per cent (10,461). Green Party candidate Richard Hosein garnered a modest 1,155 votes (2.4 per cent).
Hardie, a former broadcaster and communications director for ICBC and TransLink, began his career as a commentator, announcer and interviewer for various radio and TV stations across the province and Western Canada, and as a freelance print media reporter.
He has been a resident of Fleetwood-Port Kells for the past 15 years.
According to ThreeHundredEight.com, going into the election Hardie had a three-point lead over Grewal and a seven-point lead over NDP’s Begg, a former RCMP officer.