Vancouver Granville: Jody Wilson-Raybould keeps seat as Independent
VANCOUVER – Jody Wilson-Raybould has kept her seat in Vancouver Granville as an Independent.
The CTV News Decision Desk has declared Wilson-Raybould the winner of the contentious seat with about 33 per cent of the votes.
The incumbent was ousted from her party in the midst of the federal government's SNC-Lavalin scandal.
"I feel good; I’m happy," she told CTV News. "I made the decision that I wasn’t going to let one person take away my opportunity to continue serving as a member of parliament for this country."
Behind Wilson-Raybould came Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed, who lost by 2,900 votes, according to unofficial results from Elections Canada.
The decision to remove Wilson-Raybould from the party came in the midst of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, when she alleged she was pressured by the prime minister to intervene in a criminal case against the corporation.
In May, however, Wilson-Raybould announced she would run for re-election as an Independent.
As the country’s only Independent, she said she will be building bridges with people from all parties.
"I believe in the messages of doing politics differently, of having discussions with other people — even if they’re not in the same party as you — to take the best ideas, the best solutions to address the issues that we are facing as a country."
In 2015, then-Liberal candidate Wilson-Raybould became the first MP of the predominantly English-speaking riding, which was created in 2012. She won with nearly 44 per cent of the votes.