Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall poses with supporters after winning her seat back in May. File photo

2017’s top stories No. 3: Mungall wins Nelson-Creston yet again

The NDP MLA trounced the competition in May

Any doubts the NDP might lose the Nelson-Creston riding were smashed in the May provincial election.

Incumbent MLA Michelle Mungall secured her third term with a blowout victory. Mungall beat runner-up Kim Charlesworth of the Green Party by more than 2,000 votes.

“It has been such an honour just to see the team grow and grow and grow over the past five weeks,” said Mungall.

Nelson-Creston has essentially been an NDP stronghold since 1972, but at least one party thought it had a chance to unseat Mungall this year.

The Green Party made the campaign interesting by throwing plenty of political star-power behind Charlesworth. Federal leader Elizabeth May, provincial leader Andrew Weaver and even celebrity supporter David Suzuki visited Nelson to campaign for Charlesworth.

In the end it made little difference, although the Greens did edge the Liberals by just 43 votes.

“But we gave it our all, and I think we inspired a lot of people,” said Charlesworth after the result. “So that’s a success.”

Mungall’s victory was crucial to the NDP, who won 41 seats overall and entered into a coalition with the Greens to topple the Liberals’ 43-seat minority government.

After John Horgan was installed as premier, he named Mungall the new Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. That put Mungall on the hotseat in December when she was part of the NDP’s decision to continue with the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam, despite previously saying she was against the project.

A protest was held outside Mungall’s local office following the Site C decision, led by some of the people who helped her win the May election.

CORRECTION: This story incorrectly stated B.C. Liberals candidate Tanya Wall was the runner-up to winner Michelle Mungall. The actual runner-up was Kim Charlesworth of the Green Party.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Haitian foster children arrive in Nelson after months-long lobbying effort

Marie-Paule Brisson and Sebastien De Marre have parented girls age 12 and 8 since they were babies

Nelson hospice starts Walk and Talk group in Lakeside Park

The Walk and Talk Grief Group is offered free to anyone grieving the death of a loved one

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

RDCK to implement new emergency alert notification system

System also includes sends alerts for water advisories

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

Most Read