Bond elected to fifth term


Five is now Shirley Bond's favourite number. With 9,363 (unofficial) Bond was re-elected for her fifth term in Prince George-Valemount in Tuesday's provincial election. Bill Phillips photo

Five is now Shirley Bond’s favourite number. With 9,363 (unofficial) Bond was re-elected for her fifth term in Prince George-Valemount in Tuesday’s provincial election. Bill Phillips photo

BY BILL PHILLIPS

bill@pgdailynews.ca

Shirley Bond’s son has a favourite number. It’s five.

“As of tonight, my favourite number is five,” Bond told about 200 Liberal supporters at the Ramada Tuesday as she won her fifth consecutive term in office.

Bond increased her plurality in the Prince George-Valemount riding, securing 58.38 per cent of the vote with 9,353 votes. NDP challenger Natalie Fletcher captured 29.29 per cent of the vote with 4,698 votes while Green Party candidate Nan Kendy secured 1,977 votes or 12.33 per cent of the vote.

With the general election still up in the area and likely a minority government, Bond said having a strong voice from the North is even more important now.

“You’ve seen the map,” she said pointing to the new political landscape of the province. “We’re going to work extraordinarily hard to make sure that we’re going to be government. You can see how hard we’re going to have to work on behalf of northern British Columbia. I promise you we’re going to be a strong voice in Victoria, just like we have been.”

Bond credited her “exceptional” team for her election win.

“You worked your feet off for me,” she said.

 

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About Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips is an award-winning journalist and columnist with more than 30 years experience. He was the winner of the 2009 Best Editorial award at the British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray awards, in 2007 he won the association’s Best Columnist award. In 2004, he placed third in the Canadian Community Newspaper best columnist category and, in 2003, placed second. He is the former editor of the Prince George Free Press.