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Burnaby North-Seymour: Canada's Perilously Tight Four-way Race


NDP's Carol Baird Ellan, Liberal Terry Beech, Green candidate Lynne Quarmby and Conservative Mike Little.

The stage is set for many tough federal election battles across British Columbia, but Burnaby North-Seymour merits particular scrutiny. The riding was created in the 2012 federal election redistribution to reflect the region's growing population. It includes much of Burnaby-Douglas (now held by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart) and North Vancouver (now held by Conservative MP Andrew Saxton), which have historically voted very differently and seem to have little in common.

All four parties are fielding remarkably strong candidates: Tory Mike Little has worked his way up from Reform/Conservative staffer to North Vancouver District councillor. Dr. Lynne Quarmby for the Greens is a renowned scientist. The Liberals' Terry Beech was a teenage city councillor in Nanaimo before becoming a high-tech startup CEO. And New Democrat Carol Baird Ellan is a retired provincial court chief judge, the first woman to hold the position.

Just weeks away from the Oct. 19 vote, polls and projections show this riding is still very much up for grabs. For a closer look at the key players, The Tyee will profile a candidate every day this week.

In This Series



Burnaby North-Seymour: Canada's Perilously Tight Four-way Race

We should take this new riding seriously; all four parties certainly have.

By Crawford Kilian, 24 Aug 2015


Liberal candidate Terry Beech

Meet Terry Beech: Tech CEO Turned Political Upstart

Young Liberal vies to win middle ground between Conservative North Shore and NDP Burnaby.

By Crawford Kilian, 25 Aug 2015



Lynne Quarmby, Evidence-Based Candidate

Kinder Morgan opponent and SFU researcher takes up science of public office.

By Crawford Kilian, 26 Aug 2015


Conservatives candidate Mike Little

Mike Little Harnesses North Shore Advantage in New Cross-Inlet Riding

Up against three strong candidates, Seymour native rolls out cautious campaign.

By Crawford Kilian, 27 Aug 2015


NDP candidate Carol Baird Ellan

Carol Baird Ellan: Judging the Harper Decade

NDP frontrunner swaps courthouse for Burnaby North-Seymour doorsteps.

By Crawford Kilian, 28 Aug 2015



Scenes from Burnaby North-Seymour's Final Election Sprint

Who will take this contested new riding? Tyee inspects candidate offices for clues.

By Crawford Kilian, 9 Oct 2015



What Voters Told Burnaby North-Seymour Candidates

A new riding reflecting a polarized country, the race mirrored national shifts.

By Crawford Kilian, 5 Nov 2015

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung