B.C. premier among eight candidates vying for votes in byelection today

Christy Clark hopes the safe Liberal seat delivers her to the legislature

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – Voters in the Okanagan riding of Westside-Kelowna will decide today whether they want Liberal Premier Christy Clark, her NDP challenger or six other hopefuls to represent them in the province’s legislature.

Liberal MLA Ben Stewart vacated his seat for Clark after the premier lost her own Vancouver-Point Grey seat during the May 14 provincial election.

Stewart says Clark has embraced local issues and told voters she wants to improve traffic congestion, enhance health care and start work on a second bridge across Okanagan Lake.

Stewart says when he was re-elected to a second term he placed those issues on his long-term wish list.

But he says Clark has grabbed hold of them, and voters are anticipating results.

New Democrat challenger Carole Gordon says Clark’s enthusiasm will wear off and she won’t be able to devote herself to local issues because her job as premier will demand too much time.