Michael de Jong BC Liberal
Sukhi Dhami BC NDP
Paul Redekopp BC Conservative
Moe Gill Independent
Stephen O'Shea BC Green
Kerry-lynn Osbourne BC Excalibur
At a glance
In 2009 BC Liberal Mike de Jong won this riding with 55 per cent of the vote, beating runner up Taranjit Purewal of the BC NDP handily. He is a long-time MLA, holding the old district of Abbotsford-Mount Lehman -- which makes up over half of his current district, Abbotsford West -- since 1996. De Jong has held several high profile positions in cabinet and will run again this election.
Moe Gill, an Abbotsford city councillor who had hoped to win the BC Liberal nomination for Abbotsford South, lost the nomination there. He failed to win party brass' support, according to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer. Gill announced his candidacy as an independent for Abbotsford West in January 2013.
Other candidates this election include farmer Sukhi Dhami, who's in his mid-20s, for the BC NDP. Community-support worker and part-time actor, Paul Redekopp, is the BC Conservative candidate.
Stephen O'Shea, a supportive care worker for adults with developmental disabilities, is the BC Green candidate. Kerry-lynn Osbourne is a BC Excalibur candidate.
In the 2008 electoral boundary redistribution, this district became Abbotsford West; it is composed of Abbotsford-Mount and Abbotsford-Clayburn.
Did you know?
In 2006, 40 per cent of renters in this district spent more than 30 per cent of their income on shelter and 13 per cent of families received government transfers as a percentage of their income. Thirty-two per cent of low income families were supported by a female lone-parent at the time, and the median income in Abbotsford-West was under the provincial average of $42,230 at about $35,000.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Mike de Jong BC Liberal||8992||55.8%||Taranjit Purewal BC NDP||5106||31.7%||Dalbir Benipal BC Conservative||1043||6.5%||Karen Marie Durant BC Green||970||6%|
Telling Stats about Abbotsford West
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||17%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||51%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||37%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Panjabi (Punjabi): 26%, German: 1.3%, Korean: 1.1%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$62,111||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||73/27||70/30|