Dosanjh holds riding by 22 votes in recount
Published Saturday, October 25, 2008 12:49PM PDT
Former B.C. premier Ujjal Dosanjh has retained his seat in the key federal riding of Vancouver-South after winning a judicial recount. Dosanjh defeated Tory challenger Wai Young by a margin of just 22 points.
"I feel humbled and chastened,'' he told CTV after learning the result.
The recount was ordered when the final tally in last week's federal election showed Dosanjh had edged Conservative candidate Young by just 33 votes.
The recount began behind closed doors at 9 a.m. Friday morning. Dosanjh was able to declare victory at around supper time, Friday.
A judicial recount is expected early next week in the Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca riding where incumbent Liberal Keith Martin held onto his seat by only 68 votes over Conservative Troy DeSouza.
The Liberals won only five seats in British Columbia in the federal election, down from eight in the 2006 election.
Recounts are automatically ordered by Elections Canada when a candidate wins by less than 0.1 per cent of total votes.