Andrew Lewis (Canadian politician)
He first became nationally visible in the 2001 British Columbia provincial election, winning 25% of the vote in BC's largest riding, Saanich North and the Islands. He won the most Green votes of any riding, and second-strongest percentage showing to Adriane Carr on the Sunshine Coast. The party as a whole polled 12.4% across BC.
In the 2004 federal election, Lewis ran again in a substantially larger federal riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands and won 16.7% of the vote and also posted the first victory in a polling division ever for his federal party and in fact won 17 of 238 polls. The party as a whole polled 4.3% across Canada.
Lewis achieved some visibility in the major media which was intrigued by the story of a Green running to win.
He didn't run in the 2005 provincial election due to a "nomination freeze" imposed by the Green Party of BC, and an illness in the family. He ran again in Saanich—Gulf Islands in the 2006 federal election but lost one-third of his 2004 vote share winning only 9.9% of the ballots cast.
He ran again in Saanich—Gulf Islands in the 2008 federal election, getting 10.5% of the vote.
|British Columbia general election, 2001: Saanich North and the Islands|
|New Democratic||Paul Sam||5,011||17.66%|
|Independent||Balther Johannes Jensen||257||0.91%|
|Canadian federal election, 2004: Saanich—Gulf Islands|
|New Democratic||Jennifer Burgis||13,763||21.58%||+13.56||$40,318|
|Total valid votes||63,771||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||159||0.25%|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: Saanich—Gulf Islands|
|New Democratic||Jennifer Burgis||17,455||26.54%||+4.96||$50,412|
|Western Block||Patricia O'Brien||183||0.27%||–||$0|
|Total valid votes||65,721||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||134||0.20|
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