A look back at the top 10 highways in the country heading into the 2019 federal election.1.
Highway 6 in CalgaryThe provincial highway is in a prime position to take on the federal Liberals, who are hoping to get a majority government in 2019, says Jim Gagnon, director of traffic studies for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.2.
Highway 403 in CalgaryIn a riding where the Liberals have been struggling to attract voters, the Conservatives have a real shot of winning the province, says Gagnons director of transportation studies, Mike Wimmer.3.
Highway 531 in VictoriaThe NDP-controlled riding of Surrey-Vancouver Centre is set to hold the balance of power in the provincial legislature this fall.
But that won’t happen without a strong showing by the Liberals in the riding, says Kevin MacLeod, president of the Vancouver-based MacLeod Group.4.
Highway 495 in VictoriaA Liberal win in Victoria’s northeast would bring in more than $4 billion in additional revenues to the provincial government over 10 years, according to a report by a think tank.
The Liberals would also increase the provincial debt to $2.4 billion by 2023, the report said.5.
Highway 407 in CalgaryAnother NDP-held riding, Calgary-Winnipeg Centre, is set for a vote in 2019.
However, the riding is in the midst of a two-week referendum on a new traffic management plan that could see a major overhaul of the province’s road network.6.
Highway 10 in EdmontonThe Edmonton-area riding of Fort McMurray is set at the head of the pack in terms of highway capacity and population.
However a new study released Monday found that Fort McMurdo’s capacity to handle new growth and new demand would be reduced by about 50 per cent if the province were to move to a toll system.7.
Highway 13 in EdmontonAs with Fort McMurtrie, Edmonton is set up to support new growth as it does not have a highway network, says Paul St-Pierre, the city’s director of community services.8.
Highway 20 in VancouverThe Vancouver-area seat of Richmond-Flamborough is expected to be one of the key battlegrounds in the 2019 provincial election.
But the riding of Richmond and the neighbouring area of Vancouver North will be one to watch, says St- Pierre.9.
Highway 2 in VancouverB.
C.’s second-largest city will likely hold onto its seat of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland in 2019 thanks to the province-wide rollout of the toll roads.
But a number of new toll roads have been approved in recent years in the Vancouver area, including the Highway 1, the Highway 2, and the Highway 7.10.
Highway 29 in VictoriaAs with Richmond-Flamborough, the Victoria-area electoral district is set with a number or corridors that could decide the election.
With the provincial election just two months away, the Liberal-held seat of Surrey North will likely be in play in 2019 and could well decide the fate of the Liberals, says MacLeod.11.
Highway 25 in VictoriaTwo candidates for the Richmond-Fort McMurrie seat are fighting it out in the June 9 byelection, says Michael MacLeod of the University of British Columbian.
While the riding may be tight, the Liberals could still hold on with an increased majority, he said.12.
Highway 35 in SurreyThe riding of Victoria-Richmond is set a strong shot at the Liberal nomination in 2019 for the seat of Langley-Brooks, which is expected in the coming weeks.13.
Highway 40 in VancouverVancouver is set on the path of a major increase in the number of toll roads and more toll-free areas as it becomes the second-most-populated city in North America, according an analysis of the 2010 census by the Fraser Institute.
But it could also be set for the worst possible outcome, according MacLeod’s report.14.
Highway 42 in VictoriaB.
C.’s riding of Vancouver West could well be one for the Liberals to watch as it is set as a safe Liberal seat, says Doug Macdonald, a professor at the University.15.
Highway 63 in VancouverAn electoral district that has been seen as the province of last resort for the Conservatives is set in the middle of the road this election cycle, according a new report by MacLeod and other political experts.
This means the riding could have an impact on the outcome of the 2019 election, according the report.16.
Highway 71 in Vancouver The riding of Burnaby-Point Grey has a lot of riding potential for the federal Liberal Party, according Doug MacLeod from the University, pointing to the fact that the seat is in line to be a Liberal stronghold in 2019 if the Liberals manage to win the seat in 2019 as well.17.
Highway 9 in VancouverTwo of the most marginal seats in B.C., the riding in the south and the seat north