Even though Progressive Canadian candidate Barry Blackman did not get into power — nor did any other members of his small, fringe party — the Tumbler Ridge resident is still pleased with Monday night’s results.
“There’s a fresh eye on the current problems,” Blackman said on Tuesday.
“I’m very satisfied.”
The Conservative defeat was not a surprise to Blackman.
“I always find that Canadians go to polls never to elect a government, but to elect out a government,” he said.
“There were record numbers (for voter turnout), and I knew change was coming. (The Conservative Party caucus) were tired, and they had way too many scandals. They didn’t really deal with the issues.”
Blackman finished last of the six candidates running for office in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, getting 464 votes, behind Libertarian candidate Todd Keller with 559 votes.
The Progressive Canadian Party ran eight candidates across Canada, who secured a combined total of 4,472 votes, according to preliminary results from Elections Canada.
Blackman wished he could’ve gotten his message across more during the election season.
“I got in kind of late, so I couldn’t really get enough done to get the message out, but there’s always next time,” said Blackman, who filed his nomination papers Sept. 29, just days before they were due.
Still, Blackman hopes the new government will deal with the realities of northern B.C.
“As you know in the north, there’s no work,” he said. “The oil and gas dried up, coal has dried up, there’s a little logging going on still. Things are getting tough, and we need to keep our workforce here.”