By over 2,000 votes, Victoria city councillor Laurel Collins has beat out the competition to become the next MP for Victoria for the New Democratic Party.
At time of publishing, Collins has won with 35.8 per cent of the vote with 81.5 per cent of polls reporting.
In the 2018 municipal elections, Collins successfully campaigned to become one of the councillors for the City of Victoria.
Her campaign to represent Victoria in the House of Commons will mean a byelection to fill her current position as city councillor, which is projected to cost $200,000.
Among other candidates in the district, Racelle Kooy of the Green Party secured 28.2 per cent of the vote, Liberal candidate Nikki Macdonald received 22.2 per cent, Richard Caron of the Conservative Party secured 11.6 per cent.
Collins echoes the NDP’s climate change policies and has shown her commitment to the cause as a member of the CRD Regional Water Supply Commission and a director on the board of the Green Municipal Fund.
She has also taught courses in Social Justice, Sociology, and Social Inequality at the University fo Victoria.
The NDP was heavily criticized after residents in Victoria received fliers falsely insinuating that the Green Party would oppose abortion rights in Canada.