Monday, April 10, 2017 


Riding to Watch

Chilliwack-Hope could possibly be a nail-biter

Staff/Voice photo


New Democratic Party 2017 election headquarters for the Chilliwack riding opened last Saturday.


month away from the BC general elections and the riding to watch is Chilliwack-Hope where NDP candidate Patti MacAhonic will be scrumming with BC Liberal Laurie Throness.


MacAhonic left behind a lot of support when she jumped ridings. It 's possible it could be a nail-biter like in 2012 when NDP candidate Gwen O'Mahoney snuck by Liberal candidate Laurie Throness in the Chilliwack-Hope by-election.

In the 2013 elections, MacAhonic chased Liberal John Martin with 6,551 votes to his 9,989 for control of the Chilliwack riding.

Her strong finish in 2013 elections, her campaign experience and networking in the community may translate to a strong finish against Throness this election.

MacAhonic has her work cut out for her.

Last week, as her campaign was getting off the ground, she told The Voice they had just started raising money.

"We're broke at the moment and trying to set up an office etc.," she said.

It's difficult to see it as a tactical move by the NDP when the party announced their Chilliwack nominee was Tracey O'Hara who's expected to put up her dukes against John Martin and the steeled Liberal machine. She's an unknown with no campaign experience, doesn't know anyone and has a green campaign manger. 



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