Simon Gibson BC Liberal
Preet Rai BC NDP
Don Stahl BC Conservative
Aird Flavelle BC Green
Wendy Bales Independent
Roman Bojczuk Independent
Marcus Halliday BC Excalibur
At a glance
BC Liberal Randy Hawes took the suburban district of Abbotsford-Mission in the 2009 election with 58 per cent of the vote, close to double the votes received by the runner-up, BC NDP candidate Lynn Perrin.
However, Hawes will not run again in this election, and veteran Abbotsford councillor Simon Gibson will run as the BC Liberal candidate. Gibson served on council almost continuously since 1980.
He'll face local school trustee Preet Rai, the BC NDP candidate, and BC Green candidate Aird Flavelle, who describes himself as a "businessman, capitalist and employer" on his website.
Don Stahl, a B.C. conservation officer and former back-country park ranger, is the BC Conservative candidate. Roman Bojczuk, who according to Mission City Record worked 38 years for CPR and has a black belt in karate, is an independent candidate.
Wendy Bales is also running as an independent. Marcus Halliday, a flight sargeant, is a BC Excalibur candidate.
The district was created in 2008 as part of a boundary restribution, and includes parts of the old districts of Maple Ridge-Mission and Abbotsford-Clayburn. Both went Liberal in 2005.
Did you know?
Just a few years ago, Abbotsford-Mission won the dubious distinction of being "Canada's murder capital," according to Statistics Canada. But within a couple of years, they'd turned it around; apparently by "educating young, impressionable, potential recruits, and making life difficult for gangsters," according to local police.
Abbotsford eMission? In 2006, Abbotsford-Mission had the highest percentage of people driving vehicles (cars, trucks, or vans) of British Columbians. That was well above the average of 79 per cent, with 93 per cent of residents commuting by vehicle.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Randy Hawes BC Liberal||10371||58.4%||Lynn Perrin BC NDP||5788||32.6%||Bill Walsh BC Green||1611||9.1%|
Telling Stats about Abbotsford-Mission
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||12%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||53%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||15%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Panjabi (Punjabi): 7.6%, Korean: 1.3%, Chinese (all): 0.6%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$73,350||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||81/19||70/30|