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B.C. Election 2017: Burnaby Deer Lake

Incumbent Kathy Corrigan, is stepping down so the NDP loses that slight advantage. Burnaby’s ridings, with the exception of Burnaby-Edmonds, are usually very close races.

In 2013: Corrigan won by nearly 1,000 votes, besting her BC Liberal opponent by about 5 per cent.

In 2009: Corrigan squeaked out this riding over Liberal incumbent John Nuraney by just over 500 votes, 49-46 per cent.

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History & Geography: When Burnaby expanded from three to four seats in the 2009 election, Burnaby-Deer Lake was created, mostly from the previous riding of Burnaby-Willingdon. Bordered by Boundary Road in the West and Imperial on the South, this diverse and dense riding includes BCIT and Metrotown. The area has voted for both NDP and right-wing candidates in the past, but generally leans towards the NDP.


BC Liberals – Karen Wang: She moved to B.C. from China 17 years ago and operates three daycare centres in Burnaby. Wang is a graduate of the Xi’an Foreign Languages University majoring in International Business.

NDP – Anne Kang: Chosen to replace Corrigan, who is retiring from politics, Kang has lived in the riding since 1986, and has served as a Burnaby city councillor since 2008 (alongside Mayor Derek Corrigan, Kathy’s husband). Kang is a music teacher in the Burnaby School District.

Green – Rick McGowan: A repeat Green candidate in this riding and the founder of the Metrotown Residents’ Association, McGowan teaches chemistry and English at the Pearson Adult Learning Centre in New Westminster.

Independent – Elias Ishak: Previously ran for the Burnaby School Board. Describes himself as an “anti-politician.”

Conservative – Graham Bowers: Bowers is a high school math teacher. 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: Burnaby-Deer Lake

Population (2014): 58,195 (35th)
Population Deviation from Average: 9.6 per cent
Area: 14 sq km (76th)
Pop Density: 4,156.8 (11th)
Average Age: 40.9 years (46th)
English as Second Language: 64.46 per cent (8th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Mandarin – 13.39 per cent
Chinese, n.o.s. – 11.02 per cent
Cantonese – 7.71 per cent


B.C. election 2017: Abbotsford West riding

In 2013: BC Liberal Mike de Jong won handily, taking more than 50 per cent of the vote. This is a safe Liberal seat.

In 2009: Liberal Mike de Jong won the riding by over 3,500 votes over NDP challenger Taranjit Purewal, 56-32 per cent, his fifth straight election win.

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History & Geography: A riding created in 2009 to deal with population growth in the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford West encompasses the western suburbs of Abbotsford, the core of the city north of Old Yale Road and the Mt. Lehman area to the west. The riding now includes parts of the former Fort Langley-Aldergrove riding.
This is a riding south of the Fraser between Surrey and Hope, and no such riding has ever gone to the NDP outside a by-election.


BC Liberals’ Mike de Jong first took this area in 1994, winning a historically pivotal by-election in Matsqui over then-Social Credit leader Grace McCarthy, which effectively ended that party’s relevance. A cabinet minister for all 16 years that the BC Liberals have been in government, he currently sits as Finance Minister.

NDP’s Preet Rai is a three-term Abbotsford school Trustee. Rai is a chartered accountant with a long history of community service. Originally from India, he lived in the UK before coming to Canada in 1995.

Green Party’s Kevin Eastwood works as a grower in a Native Plant Nursery in Aldergrove. He was VP of inaugural class at Quest University and sits as a Council Member in the BC Institute of Agrologists.

Christian Heritage – Lynn Simcox: The Christian Heritage Party —  a libertarian party with a Christian focus — is running five Candidates in 2017, after fielding two candidates in the 2013 provincial election.

Libertarian – Dave Sharkey: 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.

Independent   – Daljit Singh Sidhu: In 2014, Sidhu ran unsuccessfully for Abbotsford city council, winning 3.3 per cent of the vote.

2017 Stats: Abbotsford West

Population (2014): 60,339 (15th)
Population Deviation from Average: 13.6 per cent
Area: 135 sq km (48th)
Pop Density: 447.0 (39th)
Average Age: 37.4 years (81st)
English as Second Language: 45.09 per cent (21st)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Panjabi (Punjabi) – 31.55 per cent
German – 4.84 per cent
Dutch – 1.00 per cent


B.C. election 2017: West Vancouver-Sea to Sky riding

In 2013: B.C. Liberal Jordan Sturdy held this riding for the party, taking 52 per cent of the vote, to the NDP’s Ana Santos’ 32 per cent.

In 2009: B.C. Liberal incumbent Joan McIntyre defeated Green Party candidate Jim Stephenson by over 6,000 votes (55 per cent to 22 per cent).

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History & Geography: Created in 1966 as West Vancouver-Howe Sound, the riding consists of West Vancouver west of 28th street, Bowen Island, and all the towns along the Sea to Sky highway from Lions Bay to Pemberton. The Liberals and Social Credit parties have won this riding in every election since its creation.


Liberals – Jordan Sturdy: Incumbent, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment. Before making the jump to provincial politics, Sturdy served three terms as Mayor of Pemberton, beginning in 2005. He is the owner of Pemberton’s North Arm Farm.

NDP – Michelle Livaja: A communications student at Capilano University, Livaja previously worked for more than a decade at the B.C. Nurses’ Union.

Greens – Dana Taylor: A former two-term North Vancouver City councillor, Taylor is currently the executive vice president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of B.C.

Independent – Tristan Andrew Galbraith: Owner of “Critter Get Ritter,” a pest-control service in Whistler.

Libertarian – Michael Cambridge: 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: West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

Population (2014): 55,129 (54th)
Population Deviation from Average: 3.8 per cent
Area: 11,709 sq km (21st)
Pop Density: 4.7 (67th)
Average Age: 39.1 years (67th)
English as Second Language: 16.96 per cent (42nd)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Panjabi (Punjabi) – 2.19 per cent
German – 2.02 per cent
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) – 0.91 per cent


B.C. election 2017: Vancouver-West End riding

In 2013: NDP incumbent Spencer Chandra Herbert easily won re-election over B.C. Liberal challenger Scott Harrison (57 per cent to 28 per cent).

In 2009: Chandra Herbert continued to be the youngest MLA in the legislature when he defeated Liberal candidate Laura McDiarmid by 4,000 votes (57 per cent to 33 per cent).

History & Geography: Created for the last election when Vancouver-Burrard was split in two, Vancouver-West End consists of all of downtown Vancouver west of Burrard up to Georgia, and then west of Jervis.

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The NDP enjoys strong support throughout the riding, with the exception of pockets that represent some of the newer condos in Coal Harbour.


Liberals – Nigel Elliott: Elliott is a former researcher at the legislature, and now works in public affairs, specializing in public policy, issues management and stakeholder engagement. He also volunteers at a weekly drop-in centre for male and transgender sex trade workers.

NDP – Spencer Chandra Herbert: The critic for Arts, Tourism, Film/TV, Heritage and PAVCO. Prior to being elected in a 2008 by-election, he was a COPE park board commissioner. He and his husband Romi welcomed a baby boy, born through surrogacy on Feb. 14, 2017, the day the last sitting of the legislature opened.

Greens – James Marshall: An animator, artist, and technical artist in the video game and film industry. Marshall is an alumnus of the multi-time world champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Libertarian Party – John 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.

Independent – Leon David Dunn: Author of the novel “Dreaming Annapurna.” His campaign doesn’t currently have a website or social media presence.

2017 Stats: Vancouver-West End

Population (2014): 57,287 (42nd)
Population Deviation from Average: 7.8 per cent
Area: 14 sq km (76th)
Pop Density: 4,091.9 (12th)
Average Age: 38.3 years (74th)
English as Second Language: 39.14 per cent (24th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Persian (Farsi) – 4.13 per cent
Korean – 3.30 per cent
Spanish – 3.21 per cent


B.C. election 2017: Vancouver-Langara riding

In 2013: BC Liberal Incumbent Moira Stilwell easily beat George Chow (52 per cent – 38 per cent).

In 2009: Stillwell defeated NDP candidate Helesia Luke by over 4,000 votes, 59-35 per cent.

The NDP has never come even remotely close to winning this riding. Incumbent Moira Stilwell isn’t running, which is the only thing on the plus side for the New Democrats.

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History & Geography: Created for the 1991 election, this riding is bordered by 33rd Avenue to the north, the Fraser River to the south, Main and Fraser Streets to the east and Granville and Angus to the west. A descendant of the old Vancouver South riding, this area has only elected an NDP candidate once, in 1972. The NDP has support in the Marpole area, but the Liberals have traditionally done very well in the area just south of Shaughnessy. With a high-profile NDP candidate in the running, and the Liberal Incumbent not running again, the NDP is hoping to pick this seat up. The situation is complicated by a high-profile Green Party candidate.


BC Liberals’ Michael Lee is a lawyer. Lee is a partner with Lawson Lundell LLP. He is also a board member with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Foundation.

NDP’s James Wang has been a Burnaby city councillor since 2014. Wang previously served two terms as a Burnaby school trustee. He came to Canada in 1996 and is fluent in Mandarin and English. In 2016 Wang lost a battle for the Burnaby North federal NDP nomination.

Green Party’s Janet Fraser moved to Vancouver in 1993, and has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bristol. Until her recent firing, Fraser was the swing vote on the Vancouver School Board, as the only Green voice on a board otherwise split 4-4.

Surinder Singh Trehan is running for Your Political Party of BC (YPP.  The YPP is running nine candidates in 2017. Their “open platform” includes a Reddit-based online discussion, and a focus on “open government” and sustainability.

2017 Stats: Vancouver-Langara

Population (2014): 60,041 (17th)
Population Deviation from Average: 13 per cent
Area: 15 sq km (75th)
Pop Density: 4,002.7 (13th)
Average Age: 42 years (37th)
English as Second Language: 65.49 per cent (6th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Cantonese – 14.11 per cent
Chinese, n.o.s. – 12.81 per cent
Mandarin – 9.57 per cent