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NEWS RELEASE · 23rd April 2012
BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix today called by-election victories by Gwen O'Mahony and Joe Trasolini a clear message that voters like the NDP’s positive approach.

"I am so proud of Gwen O'Mahony and Joe Trasolini, who worked incredibly hard and ran positive campaigns that addressed the real issues facing the constituents of Chilliwack-Hope and Port Moody-Coquitlam," said Dix. "Our candidates stayed positive, respected the voters and refused to be drawn into the negativity that seems to be all the Liberals have to offer these days.”

Dix was joined by MLAs.-elect Gwen O'Mahony, in Chilliwack-Hope and Joe Trasolini, in Port Moody-Coquitlam.

"We are opening up the NDP to a broader base of voters by running candidates such as Joe Trasolini, a successful businessman and four-term mayor with a strong commitment to the environment," said Dix. "In Chilliwack-Hope, Gwen O’Mahony scored a major breakthrough in a region that we have never represented, which shows what you can achieve when a strong hard-working candidates offer the voters a positive vision of the future.”

“We ran a campaign of hope and I am very proud to have the opportunity to represent the people of Port Moody–Coquitlam in Victoria,” said Joe Trasolini.

O’Mahony reflected on a hard-fought campaign. “I am so proud that the voters in Chilliwack-Hope said yes to the NDP and to positive change.”

“In both constituencies, about 70 per cent of people voted against the Liberals.” Said Dix. “Our democracy works best when voters have choices and it is the height of elite arrogance for Liberals to believe they can work the back-rooms to take away choices from voters."

Dix said that two great new MLAs, will make the New Democrat caucus stronger but they won’t take anything for granted. “Gwen O'Mahony and Joe Trasolini, along with every member of our caucus, will continue to work hard, stay positive and speak to the issues so that we can continue to earn the trust of the people they represent every day. Our support is expanding in every riding in every region of the province and we are going to deliver a strong, positive message for change in all 85 ridings in the next general election."