At a glance
John Slater won this southern Interior riding in the 2009 election for the BC Liberals by 800 votes or 37.5 per cent of the vote, 4.5 per cent more than BC NDP candidate Lakhvinder Jhaj. The riding includes the towns of Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremos, Greenwood, Grand Forks and Midway.
In early 2013, Slater resigned from the Liberals after the party would not support his bid for re-election because of personal issues.
Oliver councillor Linda Larson will run as the BC Liberal candidate in May. Mischa Popoff, who currently works as a policy advisor at The Heartland Institute, was formerly the BC Conservative Candidate, but he was dropped after a newspaper column came to light, wherein Popoff criticized single mothers. Popoff had quit the provincial Conservatives in 2010 over the harmonized sales tax, but had made amends with BC Conservatives before the scandal. He now plans to run as an independent.
The BC NDP initially selected Marji Basso as its candidate for the riding, but she stepped down soon after for personal reasons. In early April, the party announced that Sam Hancheroff, an Okanagan Falls teacher for over three decades who currently works as a school trustee, will run in the district as its candidate.
Rounding out the Boundary-Similkameen candidates are John Kwasnica for the BC Greens, and Doug Pederson as an independent.
This district was created in 2009, incorporating parts of three previous districts: Penticton-Okanagan Valley, West Kootenay-Boundary and Yale-Lillooet. Penticton-Okanagan Valley was a strong Liberal district, going to the party in both 2005 and 2001. West Kootenay-Boundary was won handily by the NDP in 2005, with more than a 30 per cent margin, but in 2001 the Liberals won by 20 per cent. Yale-Lillooet was won by the NDP in 2005, but in 2001 the Liberals won the district with over 60 per cent of the vote.
Did you know?
Seniority rules: In 2011 the district was the third "oldest" of all others, with 28 per cent of residents age 65 or older. It was bested only by Saanich North and the Islands and Parksville-Qualicum.
In 2006, Boundary-Similkameen had the highest proportion of family income deriving from government transfers of any region in B.C., well ahead of its nearest rival for this spot.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||John Slater BC Liberal||6681||37.5%||Lakhvinder Jhaj BC NDP||5870||32.9%||Joe Cardoso BC Conservative||3596||20.2%||Bob Grieve BC Green||1691||9.5%|
Telling Stats about Boundary-Similkameen
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||27%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||33%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||16%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 4.3%, Portuguese: 0.7%, German: 0.5%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$50,419||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||82/18||70/30|