The Burnaby Citizens Association finally had its monopoly on city council broken Saturday night – but not by much.
The BCA elected seven members of its slate – the seven incumbents.
But according to the City of Burnaby website, with all polls reporting, the Burnaby Green Party’s Joe Keithley - the lead singer of punk bank D.O.A. - looks to have captured the eighth and final spot by a narrow margin – 15,745 votes to 15,530 votes for BCA candidate Baljinder K. Narang.
The BCA has had a stranglehold on council for multiple terms and had the biggest warchest of money to spend on the campaign so it wasn’t really a surprise that parties like the Burnaby First Coalition and the Burnaby Green Party couldn’t break through.
The big question is if Keithley and new mayor Mike Hurley can get anything passed while the BCA still has a majority on council.
These are the results according to the City of Burnaby’s website:
Dan Johnston, BCA – 19,930
Pietro Calendino, BCA – 19,707
Sav Dhaliwal, BCA – 19,625
Colleen Jordan, BCA – 18.787
James Wang, BCA – 17,839
Paul McDonell, BCA – 16,760
Nick Volkow, BCA – 16,008
Joe Keithley, Greens – 15,745
Baljinder K. Narang, BCA – 15,530
Joel Gibbs, Greens – 14,815
Rick McGowan, Greens – 13,700
Lee Rankin, Independent – 13,310
Mehreen Chaudrey, Greens – 12,600
Heather Leung, Burnaby First Coalition – 12,510
Janice Beecroft, Indepdendent – 11,553
Francesca Zumpano, Burnaby First Coalition – 11,508
Linda Hancott, Burnaby First Coalition – 11,338
Charter Lau, Burnaby First Coalition – 10,702
Erika Schinzel, Greens – 10,580
Carrie McLaren, Greens – 10,019
John Templeton, Burnaby First Coalition – 9,855
Claire Preston, Independent – 9,805
Alain Deng, Burnaby First Coalition – 9,362