Christy Clark faces tough fight in her Vancouver riding
Liberal leader has been travelling around province leading up to May 14 election
B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark has been making campaign stops across the province over the past few weeks, but she still has to fight for her own seat in the legislature.
After a whirlwind trip across the province, Clark spent time in her Vancouver-Point Grey riding over the weekend — her fourth day there during the first 19 days of the provincial election campaign.
"I think the people of Vancouver-Point Grey are some of the best informed people around," she said. "I don't think they have any questions about where I stand on the issues."
Clark has not participated in any of the all-candidates debates in the riding, but said she has been visiting the riding as much as she can.
"It’s a big province and I don't think the issues in Vancouver-Point Grey are any different from the issues anywhere else in the province," she said.
"People are thinking hard about the economic direction we want to take our province in."
‘I am here in the community’
Clark is squaring off against the NDP’s David Eby, who lost to Clark by just 564 votes in a 2011 byelection.
The high-profile civil rights lawyer, who is the former director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, believes his chances are better this time.
"It’s been a huge advantage for me to be at all the all-candidates meetings, to be living in the riding, to be at the local businesses doing my grocery shopping, to be talking to people in the street," he said.
"I think it's going to give us the edge on election day because I think the people here are ready for a change in that direction."
He thinks those one-on-one interactions are essential to his campaign.
"It's a core part of our campaign that I am here in the community, that I am at the community meetings," he said. "I'm approachable. If you come to the campaign office, you can meet me."
British Columbians go to the polls on May 14. Advance voting begins on May 8.