Local New Democrat Zeb King welcomed Premier John Horgan during a brief photo opportunity in Sidney Monday afternoon (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Local New Democrat Zeb King welcomed Premier John Horgan during a brief photo opportunity in Sidney Monday afternoon (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

NDP leader John Horgan predicts party will ‘flip’ Saanich North and the Islands

Incumbent MLA Adam Olsen calls Horgan’s claim ‘bold’

Provincial NDP leader John Horgan predicted his party would win Saanich North and the Islands during a brief campaign stop in Sidney, a claim incumbent Adam Olsen of BC Greens described as “bold.”

“We are going to flip this riding,” said Horgan, speaking to supporters in Beacon Park. Local candidate Zeb King joined Horgan during his 15-minute stay where he spoke with NDP supporters as well as residents. Organizers did not allow questions from the media.

Horgan (who was on the way to Fraser Valley) told supporters he will be watching the riding closely, adding later that this riding along with the riding of Cowichan Valley held by BC Greens leader Sonia Furstenau “could be challenging” for the New Democrats to pick up in trying to modify his prediction.

Olsen won the riding in 2017 with nearly 15,000 votes, more than 4,000 votes ahead of New Democrat Gary Holman. Voters in the riding have not elected an NDP candidate since its creation in 1990.

Olsen said it is not surprising to see Horgan, adding that he won’t take votes for granted.

“We have seen a lot of support and to think that you can drop in a riding for 20 minutes and make bold claims like that, I have been on the ground every day and have a very good sense,” said Olsen. “We are doing very well and I will be working every single day between now and election day to ensure that we can continue to do the work we have been doing in Saanich North and Islands.”

RELATED: Candidates outline top issues facing Saanich North and the Islands

Horgan’s appearance in Sidney came less than a hour before Furstenau stopped in Brentwood Bay to announce her party would turn BC Ferries back into a Crown corporation.

Olsen said the presence of both leaders in the riding on the same day does not tell him anything about how competitive the riding might be.

Olsen said he is not taking anything for granted. “We have run a very robust campaign,” he said. “We have a ton of support. All you have to do is look on the lawns of the people in the neighbourhood.”

As for Furstenau’s presence, Olsen pointed to the BC Ferries announcement. “This is an appropriate riding,” he said. “Her community and my community are connected by the Mill Bay-Brentwood ferry and coastal communities in this province are connected by ferries.”

Ultimately, he warned against reading too much into the near simultaneous presence of two provincial party leaders in the same riding.

King welcomed Horgan’s endorsement.

“It injects a lot of energy into our campaign. It’s the last week of the campaign, so it’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to the stretch.” King said he plans to highlight the NDP’s record of “stability” during the pandemic during the last few days. When asked Saturday’s outcome, King said it is hard to voter’s mood without door-to-door campaigning.

“It’s difficult to read, but we are going to run as hard as we can all the way to the end,” he said.

Not surprisingly, Horgan drew a lot of the attention during his brief visit in Sidney. At one point, he even appeared to apologize to King for drawing attention to himself in discussing his part during the 1991 election, “the last time, the New Democrats won a strong government.”

And on the way back to his campaign bus, a woman waved from her balcony. “I voted for you,” she said.


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

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

Just Posted

Tourists are being asked to postpone their non-essential trips to Tofino as COVID-19 cases rise across Vancouver Island, but at least one accommodation provider is offering conflicting messaging. (Westerly file photo)
Victoria woman says Tofino Airbnb host encouraged travel despite provincial restrictions

“The only way I would get a refund is if she would be able to rebook the suite for that weekend.”

A Victoria-based orthopedic surgeon has been reprimanded after using sexualized language during a surgical consult with a pre-teen patient. (Pixabay)
Victoria doctor fined and reprimanded for calling pre-teen patient a ‘loose woman’

Dr. Bruce Taro Yoneda admitted to using sexualized language in surgical consult

Victoria police are asking for the public’s help locating Alexander Stokes, 19. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Victoria police searching for missing teen

Police looking to ensure safety of Alexander Stokes, 19

Capital Regional District Animal Control say an eight-month-old Rottweiler bit a Langford mother and her child near Glen Lake on Nov. 19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Large dog attacks mother and child in Langford

Mother puts three-year-old on top of car to protect him

Anvy Technologies CEO Victor Nicolov displays his company’s innovative garbage disposal device, the Sepura. (Courtesy of Anvy Technologies)
Goodbye garburator, this Victoria company has a clean composting solution

Sepura has made Time Magazine’s ‘100 Best Inventions of 2020’ for its hassle-free functioning

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

(Black Press Media files)
B.C. to test emergency alert system on cell phones, TVs, radios on Wednesday

The alert is part of a twice yearly test of the national Alert Ready system

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s inability to manufacture vaccines in-house will delay distribution: Trudeau

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in first few months of 2021, prime minister says

Phillip Tallio was just 17 when he was convicted of murder in 1983 (file photo)
Miscarriage of justice before B.C. teen’s 1983 guilty plea in girl’s murder: lawyer

Tallio was 17 when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his 22-month-old cousin

This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)
VIDEO: How do the leading COVID vaccines differ? And what does that mean for Canada?

All three of the drug companies are incorporating novel techniques in developing their vaccines

An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers at the project site in Kitimat. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared last Thursday (Nov. 19). (Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
41 positive COVID-19 cases associated with the LNG Canada site outbreak in Kitimat

Thirty-four of the 41 cases remain active, according to Northern Health

7-year-old Mackenzie Hodge from Penticton sent a hand-written letter to premiere John Horgan asking if she’d be able to see her elf, Ralph under the new coronavirus restrictions. (John Horgan / Twitter)
Elf on the shelf an acceptable house guest, B.C. premier tells Penticton girl

A 7-year-old from Penticton penned a letter asking if she’d be allowed to see her elf this year

Workers arrive at the Lynn Valley Care Centre seniors home, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It was the site of Canada’s first COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rapid tests ‘not a panacea’ for care homes, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. lacks capacity for daily tests of thousands of workers

(Delta Police Department photo)
Cannabis edibles found in Halloween bag lead B.C. police to illegal lab

Delta police arrested a man and a woman while executing a warrant at a residential property Nov. 20

Most Read