Dear Division 16,
You’ve probably noticed the election signs up again in the neighbourhood around the school. In Vancouver-East, as well as Coquitlam Burke-Mountain (next to where our guest, Fin Donnelly works), a by-election has been called. This happens when the elected representative leaves their post between elections. Jenny Kwan, as many of you will remember, was elected as MLA in Vancouver East in 2013 and left in July 2015 to run (successfully) for the position of MP for that same riding in 2015. The riding of Vancouver-East has been vacant since then.
The Premier has the responsibility to call a by-election, where residents in the riding can elect a new candidate until the next general election. The by-election must be called within 6 months of the representative having left. Please read both of these short articles, then answer ONE of the questions below:
Here is the Elections Canada website about by-elections: http://www.elections.bc.ca/index.php/local-elections-campaign-financing/by-elections/
1. The experience of running in a by-election is probably different for a candidate than for one running in a province wide or nation wide election. Describe at least one way that experience might be different for a candidate. Be specific!
2. Both Vancouver East and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain have been without an MLA for 5-6 months. Describe at least one effect this could have on a community.
I look forward to your responses,