Federal NDP taking stock after abysmal showing in B.C. election


OTTAWA — With the polls all pointing to an NDP victory in the lead up to Tuesday’s B.C. election, the 11th hour upset comes as a big blow to not just B.C. New Democrats, but also the federal party that for months waxed poetic about the likelihood of another orange crush on Canada’s west coast.

Speaking for the federal NDP Wednesday, Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian said he was “disappointed” by the results and largely blamed B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix’s second-place finish on the negative attack ads launched by Christy Clark’s campaign.

“I think it’s fair to say, the voter suppression techniques that the Liberals used, which is the negative advertising, is designed to decrease turnout. That’s how those tools are used and they worked in the sense that we got a very low voter turn out,” he said in an interview.

“When turnout is low, what tends to…

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