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B.C. election 2017: Parksville-Qualicum riding

In 2013: B.C. Liberal Michelle Stillwell won election handily, 50 per cent to 37 per cent

In 2009: BC Liberal incumbent Ron Cantelon defeated NDP candidate Leanne Salter by over 3,500 votes, 51 per cent to 38 per cent.

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History & Geography: Created for the 1991 election to accommodate the growing communities between Nanaimo and Comox, Parksville-Qualicum encompasses the town of Qualicum Beach, the City of Parksville, and the District of Lantzville, just north of Nanaimo. The riding went to the NDP in 1991, but has gone to the BC Liberals in every election since. While the NDP have had support in the city centres of Parksville and Qualicum, the Liberals are stronger in the suburbs and less populated areas.


BC Liberals – Michelle Stillwell (incumbent): Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation. A Paralympian, Stillwell is the only Canadian female athlete to be a Paralympic gold medallist in two separate summer sports. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (her fourth) she won two more gold medals. Before entering politics, she was a motivational speaker and advocate for persons with disabilities and children with special needs.

NDP – Sue Powell: A Parksville city councillor since 2004 and child protection worker, Powell has been popular with Parksville residents, being the top vote-getter the past two municipal elections.

Greens – Glenn Sollitt: The Green Party candidate for Courtenay-Alberni in the 2015 federal election and owner of Glacier View Seafood distribution, Sollitt has worked in commercial fishing and has a mechanical engineering degree from UBC.

BC Refed – Terry Hand: The BC Refederation Party advocates direct democracy and reform of Canada’s federalist system. They are running three candidates in 2017.

2017 Stats: Parksville-Qualicum

Population (2014): 54,089 (58th)
Population Deviation from Average: 1.8 per cent
Area: 978 sq km (35th)
Pop Density: 55.3 (53rd)
Average Age: 56.4 years (1st)
English as Second Language: 10.60 per cent (70th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
German – 2.16 per cent
Dutch – 1.03 per cent
Panjabi (Punjabi) – 0.49 per cent


B.C. election 2017: North Vancouver-Seymour

In 2013: BC Liberal Incumbent Jane Thornthwaite won this riding 50 per cent to 32 per cent.

In 2009: Thornthwaite won this seat handily in her first attempt, defeating NDP candidate Maureen Norton by over 7,000 votes, 59 per cent to 27 per cent.

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History & Geography: Created in 1966, North Vancouver-Seymour consists of most of the District of North Vancouver, save for the Capilano Highlands and the area around Michael and Brooksbank Parks. It has gone to the BC Liberals or the Social Credit party in every election but 1972, when NDP candidate Colin Gableman won with just 32.9 per cent of the vote. The Liberal Party generally does well everywhere, but especially in the Deep Cove area.


BC Liberals – Jane Thornthwaite: Parliamentary Secretary for Child Mental Health and Anti-Bullying. Elected for the first time in 2009, Thornwaite was a member of the North Vancouver School Board for two terms. She was also owner of a nutrition consulting firm.

NDP – Michael Charrois: An actor, drama teacher and three-time federal NDP candidate, Charrois played the character who said, “They went that’a way!” in Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Oscar-winning film Unforgiven.

Greens – Joshua Johnson: A recent high-school graduate, Johnson works as a Tramway Operator at Grouse Mountain. In 2015-16 he serves as a House of Commons page.

Libertarian Party – Clayton Welwood: The Libertarian party is running 30 candidates, four times as many as in 2013. They have been running candidates in B.C. since 1986, but have never come close to winning a seat.

2017 Stats: North Vancouver-Seymour

Population (2014): 58,120 (37th)
Population Deviation from Average: 9.4 per cent
Area: 388 sq km (43rd)
Pop Density: 149.8 (44th)
Average Age: 42.5 years (33rd)
English as Second Language: 21.53 per cent (38th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Persian (Farsi) – 2.71 per cent
German – 2.01 per cent
Korean – 1.78 per cent


B.C. election 2017: Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding

In 2013: NDP incumbent Scott Fraser won a third term by over 4,200 votes over Liberal candidate Darren Frank DeLuca, 57-34 per cent.

In 2009: Fraser won a second term by over 4,500 votes over BC Liberal challenger Dianne St. Jacques, 59-32 per cent.

History & Geography: The riding formerly known as Alberni-Pacific Rim stretches the entire width of central Vancouver Island, from Tofino and now encompasses part of the Comox Valley including Cumberland, Denman and Hornby islands.

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The riding had 200 immigrants decide to locate in the riding between 2000 and 2005, the third lowest number in B.C. 13.4 per cent people identify as aboriginal in Alberni-Pacific Rim, compared to 4.8 per cent for the entire province.


This riding has traditionally been an NDP stronghold, having elected an NDP or CCF MLA in 12 of the last 15 elections, including former leader Bob Skelley from 1972 to 1988. Many of the rural parts of the riding are neutral in political affiliation, but Port Alberni itself is heavily NDP.


BC Liberals – Darren DeLuca: A local realtor and hunting guide with a lengthy history of community service, DeLuca is currently a member-at-large of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Highway 4 Transportation Committee and a director of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Junior A hockey team.

NDP – Scott Fraser: Opposition spokesperson for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, he also serves as Caucus Deputy Whip. Fraser was Mayor of Tofino from 1996 to 1999, and now makes Nanaimo his home.

Green – Alicia LaRue: An environmental artist, using post-consumer waste as her medium. A freelance designer, she has worked with environmental groups like the Wilderness Committee and Ancient Forest Alliance.

BC Refederation – Dan Cebuliak: The BC Refederation Party advocates direct democracy and reform of Canada’s federalist system. They are running three candidates in the 2017 election.

Libertarian – Rob Clarke: The Libertarian party is running 30 candidates, four times as many as in 2013. They have been running candidates in B.C. since 1986, but have never come close to winning a seat.

Conservative – Julian Fells: Fells is a retired project manager who sits on the Nanaimo Regional District board. The BC Conservatives are a mere shadow of the party from the 2013 campaign, when they fielded 56 candidates. It’s a small-government, right-of-centre party.

2017 Stats: Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Population: 43,430 (71st)
Size: 13,141 km (17th)
Density: 3.3 people/km (69th)


B.C. election 2017: Fraser-Nicola riding

In the 2013 election, BC Liberal Jackie Tegart beat NDP veteran Harry Lali, who won the nomination battle for the 2017 election, despite being asked not to run by NDP leader John Horgan. Lali blamed his defeat on the Kinder Morgan issue (he supported the pipeline.) His vote slipped 1,300 from 2009, while the BC Liberals went up by 175. One potential key factor: the Conservatives took almost 900 votes here in 2013, and are unlikely to field a candidate this time. Traditionally, the riding is a close race. Boundary changes favour the NDP, but the party’s anti-resource economy position may be cause for trouble.

In 2009: Harry Lali was re-elected, defeating Liberal candidate Ella Brown by over 800 votes, 49-43 per cent.

History & Geography: Broadly spanning the area between the Lower Mainland and Kamloops, Fraser-Nicola is a descendant of the old Yale-Lilloett riding. The riding includes the towns of Hope, Clinton, Lillooet, Ashcroft, Lytton, Merritt, and Princeton. With the exception of 2001 to 2005, Harry Lali has held this area continuously since 1991. The farming area between Pemberton and Kamloops has been a strong centre of Liberal support, while Princeton and Lytton have tended to support the NDP.


Liberals – Jackie Tegart: An Ashcroft councillor since 2006, Tegart is the former head of the BC Schools Trustees. She sat on the regional school board for 20 years as well. Other community activities include being BC Healthy Communities facilitator, and a member of the Thompson Nicola Film Commission. She has eight grandchildren.

NDP – Harry Lali: He’s back. Despite being asked not to run by Horgan, Lali secured the NDP nomination in March. He’s now on board with his party’s opposition of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline. Lali won this riding in the 1991, 1996, 2005 and 2009 elections, while sitting out in 2001. He served as Transportation Minister in the NDP government from 1998 to 2001. Before entering provincial politics, Lali was an employment counsellor and Merritt city councillor.

Greens – Arthur Green: He works in the film industry as an art department head. An avid cyclist, he pedalled around B.C., New Zealand and Europe. He formerly worked for BC Forest Services, in the Alberta oil and gas industry and in mining.

Social Credit Party – Michael Henshall: Henshall is the only candidate running as a Socred, sharing the name of the party which dominated B.C. politics from 1952-1991.

2017 Stats: Fraser-Nicola

Population (2014): 34,034 (79th)
Population Deviation from Average: -35.9 per cent
Area: 34,830 sq km (9th)
Pop Density: 1.0 (78th)
Average Age: 48 years (8th)
English as Second Language: 10.45 per cent (71st)

Top 3 Second Languages:
German – 1.74 per cent
Panjabi (Punjabi) – 1.03 per cent
Dutch – 0.65 per cent

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B.C. election 2017: Courtenay Comox riding

Changes to this riding’s boundaries significantly favour the B.C. Liberals, as it pushes NDP-friendly areas such as Denman and Hornby Islands into other ridings. Those changes essentially remove about 1,000 NDP voters from the riding. Incumbent Don McRae isn’t running, but the B.C. Liberals still have to be considered fairly heavy favourites to hang on here.

In 2013, McRae won by a margin of 46.7 per cent to 36.5 per cent.

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In 2009: McRae won this riding over New Democrat Leslie McNabb by over 1,300 votes, 47-42 per cent, replacing former cabinet minister Stan Hagen.

History & Geography: Riding was created in 2015 redistribution, covering most of the former Comox Valley riding. A descendant of the Comox riding that was contested in the first provincial election of 1871. Redistribution has significantly strengthened the B.C. Liberal hold here, as it removed Cumberland, and the islands of Denman and Hornby (all NDP areas of strength) from the riding, effectively taking about 1,000 residents who voted NDP in 2013.


BC Liberals – Jim Benniger: A “star candidate’, the recently-retired 19 Wing commander spent spent 31 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and is well-known locally.

NDP – Ronna-Rae Leonard: A three-term Courtenay City Councillor and former federal NDP candidate, Leonard has worked with at-risk families and seniors in their homes, at the Ombudsman’s Office, and as a researcher, public educator, and project manager for environmental protection organizations in the Comox Valley.

Greens – Ernie Sellentin: A green entrepreneur, he owns and operates a company that specializes in habitat restoration and invasive species consulting. He previously worked in the Texada island quarries and as a logger.

BC Conservatives – Leah Catherine McCulloch: The BC. Conservatives are a mere shadow of the party from the 2013 campaign, when they fielded 56 candidates. In 2017 there are five. It’s a small-government, right-of-centre party.

2017 Stats: Courtenay-Comox

Population (2014): 54,816 (56th)
Population Deviation from Average: 3.2 per cent
Area: 1,584 sq km (31st)
Pop Density: 34.6 (58th)
Average Age: 48 years (8th)
English as Second Language: 8.63 per cent (80th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
German – 1.83 per cent
Dutch – 0.61 per cent
Spanish – 0.34 per cent