Port-Moody-Coquitlam byelection a three-way race

Candidates running in the Port Moody-Coquitlam byelection remain at three after the filing deadline passed Monday. - FILE
Candidates running in the Port Moody-Coquitlam byelection remain at three after the filing deadline passed Monday.
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The Port Moody-Coquitlam by-election will be a three-way race after three candidates were confirmed by the filing deadline Monday.

Christine Clarke is running for the BC Conservative Party, Dennis Marsden is running for the B.C. Liberal Party and Joe Trasolini is the candidate for the BC NDP.

As the race heats up, Elections BC is ramping up its public relations campaign to get people out to vote, announcing where and when people can vote on April 19.

“B.C. voters have tremendous access to voting opportunities that reflects the diverse needs of today’s voter from student to senior,” stated Keith Archer, chief electoral officer in a press release. “If voters aren’t sure of where to vote I encourage them to contact us.”

During the by-elections, voters may vote:

• At their assigned voting place on General Voting Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• At advance voting locations in their electoral district from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

•At any other general or advance voting place under absentee rules, or

• If they can’t make it to a voting place, they may vote at  the district electoral office or Vote by Mail until General Voting Day.

For more information and a complete list of advance and General Voting Day voting locations, visit the Elections BC website at

On Monday, the candidates dusted off the gloves the gloves in a debate on CKNW's Simi Sara Show. Fielding questions from Sara as well as callers, Marsden, Clarke and Trasolini clashed on issues such as post-secondary education funding, the economy, gas prices, TransLink funding and candidate and party trustworthiness.

Locally, the candidates will face-off in two separate all candidates meetings on the following dates:

• The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce will be holding an all-candidates meeting on Wednesday, April 11 from 7-9 p.m. at Inlet Theatre in Port Moody City Hall.

There is no charge for this event and it is open to the public.

• The Burquitlam Community Association is inviting the candidates and members of the public to attend the event, which will take place in the gym at Sir Frederick Banting middle school (820 Banting St., Coquitlam). The meeting will run from 7 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 12.


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