Today (May 14) is election day in B.C. The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Be sure to check abbynews.com for complete coverage and updates of election results, beginning at 8 p.m.
Before you cast your ballot, take some time to find out more about the candidates running in your riding.
The Abbotsford News has been profiling all of the candidates in the ridings of Abbotsford South, Abbotsford West and Abbotsford-Mission throughout the campaign.
To view the profiles, click on one of the following links:
To view a video message from your candidates, click on any of the links below:
To find out what your candidates had to say at recent all-candidates meeting, click one of the following:
In order to form a majority government, one of the political parties must win 43 of the 85 seats available in the B.C. Legislature.
According to Elections BC, the last provincial election, in 2009, saw the Liberal party win 49 seats, the NDP took 35 seats and there was one independent.
Abbotsford is composed of three ridings – Abbotsford West, Abbotsford South and Abbotsford-Mission – and all were won by the Liberals in 2009.
Results from the last provincial election were:
Abbotsford West – Liberal Michael de Jong won the riding with 8,992 votes (55.8 per cent) followed by Taranjit Purewal of the NDP with 5,106 votes (31.7 per cent) and Conservative Dalbir Benipal with 1,043 votes (6.5 per cent);
Abbotsford South – Then Liberal John van Dongen (who is now running as an independent) won the riding with 9,566 votes (58.5 per cent) followed by the NDP’s Bonnie Rai with 4,197 votes (25.7 per cent) and the Green Party’s Stephen Bryce with 1,244 (7.6 per cent);
Abbotsford-Mission – Liberal Randy Hawes (who decided not to run this year) won the seat with 10,371 votes (58.3 per cent) followed by Lynn Perrin of the NDP with 5,788 votes (32.5 per cent) and Bill Walsh of the Green Party with 1,611 votes (9.1 per cent).
For more information, visit election.bc.ca.