General voting day is slated to take place on Wednesday, January 30th for a Nanaimo by-election that could bring major changes to the makeup of the provincial government.

After NDP MLA Leonard Krog vacated his seat to assume a new role as Mayor of Nanaimo last fall, members of the Opposition Liberal party and the incumbent New Democrats have been campaigning to assume control of the position.

A victory for the BC Liberals would give the party 43 seats, tying them with the number of seats held by the current NDP-Green party coalition government in Victoria. A tie could then trigger another provincial election.

Six candidates running for the position:

  • Tony Harris, Liberal Party
  • Michelle Ney, Green Party
  • Sheila Malcolmson, New Democratic Party
  • Justin Greenwood, Conservative Party
  • Bill Walker, Libertarian
  • Robin Richardson, Vancouver Island Party

A recent poll conducted by Mainstreet Research shows that it will be a close race, as Sheila Malcolmson of the NDP currently has 39.8% of voter support, while Tony Harris of the BC Liberals has 38.2% as of Monday, January 21st.

The NDP, Liberals, and Green Party candidates all faced off in a debate at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Monday, and all six candidates attended another debate on Thursday at the Beban Park Community Centre.

List of places you can vote at on General Voting Day:

  • Alliance Church 1609 Meredith Rd
  • Beban Park Social Centre 2300 Bowen Rd
  • Bowen Park Auditorium 500 Bowen Rd
  • Departure Bay Activity Centre 1415 Wingrove St
  • Departure Bay Baptist Church 3510 Departure Bay Rd
  • Fairview Community School 205 Howard Ave
  • Hammond Bay Elementary School 1025 Morningside Dr
  • NAN District Electoral Office 201-65 Front St
  • Nanaimo Christian School 198 Holland Rd
  • Nanaimo Yacht Club 400 Newcastle Ave
  • Protection Island Fire Hall 26 Pirates Lane
  • Uplands Park Elementary School 3821 Stronach Dr
  • Wellington Hall 3922 Corunna Ave

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Advance voting is also available until this Sunday, January 27th, at Uplands Park Elementary School.