Conservative leader defeated in home riding
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 9:48 PM PT
B.C. Conservative Leader Wilf Hanni has been defeated in his home riding of <a href=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/bcvotes2009/ridings/029/>Kootenay East</a>, CBC News projects.
With about 35 per cent of the ballots counted, Hanni had taken just 10 per cent of the popular vote, compared with over 50 per cent for incumbent B.C. Liberal Bill Bennett.
NDP hopeful Troy Sebastian took about 35 per cent of the ballots, while Green party candidate Jennifer Tsuida won approximately four per cent of the vote.
Hanni was leader of the Reform Party of British Columbia in the late 1990s. Hanni became leader of the provincial Conservative party in 2006.
The British Columbia Conservative Party, no longer affiliated with the federal Conservatives, ran about 18 candidates in the general election, mostly in the southern Interior, the Fraser Valley and the suburbs around Vancouver.