Liberals win hotly-contested federal byelection in Surrey-White Rock

By The Canadian Press
December 12, 2017 - 7:10am

SURREY —    For the first time in 70 years, the Liberals have won the B-C riding of South Surrey-White Rock.

     The riding's boundaries have changed several times over the years, but no part has ever been held by the Liberals.

   Hogg took 47.5 per cent of the vote -- just five percentage points ahead of Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay -- while the New Democrats took less than five per cent of the vote.

     Hogg's win marks the second upset win for the governing Liberals in as many months after they stole a riding in Quebec's nationalist heartland from the Tories in an October byelection.

     South Surrey-White Rock was left vacant when Conservative M-P Dianne Watts -- a former high-profile mayor of Surrey -- resigned to run for the leadership of the B-C Liberals. 

     The party held safe seats in byelections in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, while the Conservatives held onto a safe seat in Saskatchewan. 

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