British Columbia

Dosanjh keeps seat after 2nd recount in Vancouver South riding

Liberal member of Parliament Ujjal Dosanjh has retained his seat by a margin of just 20 votes after a second judicial recount was completed on Tuesday in the riding of Vancouver South.
A visibly relieved Ujjal Dosanjh gives a thumbs-up after a second judicial recount confirmed his narrow election victory. ((CBC))

Liberal member of Parliament Ujjal Dosanjh has retained his seat by a margin of just 20 votes after a second judicial recount was completed on Tuesday in the riding of Vancouver South.

Dosanjh, who kept a low profile during the recount, said he will be flying back to Ottawa tonight to join his fellow MPs.

When asked about his narrow victory, he said it was the result of Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion's failure to connect with voters. The party suffered its worst defeat in decades under Dion, who has since said he will step down as leader once a successor is chosen in the spring of 2009.

Conservative candidate Wai Young lost by 20 votes after the second judicial recount. ((CBC))

Dosanjh, who was the NDP premier of B.C. before being elected as a Liberal MP in 2004, said he has no intention of seeking the Liberal leadership.

On election night, Oct. 14, Dosanjh edged out Conservative candidate Wai Young by just 33 votes, but that margin was cut to 22 votes after an automatic judicial recount triggered by the close result.

Young then successfully appealed that result, because not all ballot boxes were checked, and on Friday a judge began supervising the second recount.

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