Politics

Vancouver Centre candidates seek support

Candidates in the Vancouver Centre riding took to the street Saturday in an effort to build support as they head into the final stretch of the federal election campaign.
The CBC's Ben Hadaway spent Saturday talking to candidates and voters in one of the Lower Mainland's closest ridings 2:19

Candidates in the Vancouver Centre riding took to the street Saturday in an effort to build support as they head into the final stretch of the federal election campaign.

Green Party candidate Adriane Carr was out shaking hands and handing out flyers Saturday on Davie St. in Vancouver’s west end.

"We need at least one Green MP," she said. "This riding has the courage to do it."

Carr took 18 per cent of the vote in 2008, behind the Conservative and NDP candidates and Liberal Hedy Fry, who won with roughly 34 per cent of the vote.

The Liberal incumbent was also out on Saturday, trying to get out the vote and raise awareness about affordable housing and health care.

"It doesn’t matter how many people honk and wave at you, they’ve got to go vote," said Fry, who has held the seat since 1993.

Adriane Carr pitches the Green Party on a busy street in the Vancouver Centre riding. (CBC)

Conservative candidate Jennifer Clarke and NDP candidate Karen Shillington are also running in the competitive Vancouver Centre riding.

There are several tight races in Vancouver and surrounding areas. In Vancouver South Liberal Ujjal Dosanjh is fighting to hold onto his seat. Dosanjh beat Conservative Wai Young by just 20 votes in 2008.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is also running in a competitive riding. May is trying to defeat Conservative candidate Gary Lunn in the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding. Lunn has held the seat since 1997 under Reform, Alliance and Conservative banners.

Stephen Harper was campaigning in B.C. over the weekend. The Conservatives hold the majority of the seats in the province and hope to gain ground in the May 2 election.