B.C. election 2017: Surrey-Panorama riding

In 2013, Liberal Marvin Hunt won the seat by a margin of nearly 5,000 votes (54 per cent – 35 per cent).

In 2009: Liberal Stephanie Cadieux won this seat vacated by the NDP’s Jagrup Brar, defeating the NDP’s Debbie Lawrence by over 3,000 votes, 54-40 per cent.

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History & Geography: Created for the 2001 election, Surrey-Panorama consists of the southern part of Newton and South Surrey. The southern border is 24th Avenue, while the northern border is 64th or 72nd Avenue depending on the area. The Liberals have won this riding in three of four elections it has been contested, with their support concentrated in South Surrey and the area close to the Surrey-Delta border. This riding underwent major changes in the 2015 redistricting due to the huge population growth in the Southern and Eastern parts of the city, and with a high-profile former MP as their candidate, the NDP think they have a good shot at winning this riding.

Candidates

BC Liberals’ Puneet Sandhar is a lawyer. Sandhar immigrated to Canada in 2002. She’s an active member of the community, being involved in numerous groups in Surrey and the legal and South Asian communities.

NDP’s Jinny Sims is a so-called “star candidate” for the party. Sims is the the former president of the BCTF (2004-2007). She led the Union through the 2006 strike and subsequent contract deal. Sims then served as the NDP MP for Surrey-Newton (2011-2015), as the federal NDP Employment and Social Development Critic and the Immigration critic.

Green Party’s Veronica Greer has worked in public transit, construction, and the food industry, according to her online profile. She is the Green Party’s only transgender candidate.

Liz Galenzoski is running for the BC Refederation Party that advocates direct democracy and reform of Canada’s federalist system. They are running three candidates in 2017.

2017 Stats: Surrey-Panorama

Population (2014): 60,128 (16th)
Population Deviation from Average: 13.2 per cent
Area: 24 sq km (68th)
Pop Density: 2,505.3 (20th)
Average Age: 35 years (84th)
English as Second Language: 53.95 per cent (13th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Panjabi (Punjabi) – 34.63 per cent
Hindi – 3.37 per cent
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) – 2.54 per cent