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Uh, make that a four-way showdown in Van-Centre?

A short item in the B.C. section of Friday's esteemed Globe and Mail observed, “The Vancouver-Centre race is shaping up to be a showdown between [Conservative Lorne] Mayencourt, incumbent Liberal Hedy Fry and New Democrat Michael Byers.”

While it might seem an obvious prediction that the Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats, each with a well-known candidate, will be competitive in urban Vancouver, the Globe still somehow managed to get it wrong.

You see, the easily overlooked Green Party has a star candidate of its own in the riding: Adriane Carr. Carr is just about as high profile as Greens get. She is, of course, as seen on TV as the former leader of the provincial party, and is the current deputy to national leader Elizabeth May.

And get this—she's polling high.

According to Rob Hines, the Green Party's regional organizer for B.C. and the North, three recent polls have showed Carr to be in second behind the incumbent Fry.

Carr said she wasn't sure there'd been that many polls, but she'd heard from a reliable source about how when the Conservatives were testing Mayencourt's name with the public they discovered Carr was doing surprisingly well and running second in the riding.

She attributes the poll results partly to her profile in the province, but also to the hard work she's been doing campaigning six days a week. “I've been talking with a lot of people,” she said. “When they hear I have a chance to win they get quite excited . . . I think from my feeling I'm absolutely in contention here. I think it's a very tight race.”

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