At a glance
The BC NDP's Raj Chouhan has managed to hold this southern-most district of the suburb, an area with higher immigrant populations, since 2005. Chouhan edged out the second-place BC Liberal candidate in 2009 with just over half the vote.
Chouhan is the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers' Union, and was a bargaining director at the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years. He's currently the Opposition critic for multiculturalism, immigration, and human rights, and he is running again.
Other candidates include BC Liberal Jeff Kuah, a former academic advisor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University who speaks five languages.
Wyatt Tessari, a recent graduate in mechanical engineering, is the BC Green candidate. Nicholas D'Amico is the BC Excalibur candidate. His party champions Arthurian values.
Significant changes to the district occured in 2008 as part of the provincial boundary redistribution. The new Burnaby-Edmonds kept just over half of its old area and added 18 per cent of the previous district Burnaby-Willingdon.
Did you know?
Immigration district: In 2006, Burnaby-Edmonds had higher numbers of immigrants, about 55 per cent compared to the provincial average of 27.5.
It also had higher levels of elderly and child poverty at 19 per cent and 29 per cent of the low income population respectively, well above the provincial average at the time.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Raj Chouhan BC NDP||8647||51.9%||Lee Alexander Rankin BC Liberal||6385||38.4%||Carrie McLaren BC Green||1122||6.7%||Dan Cancade BC Libertarian||493||3%|
2005 Winner: Raj Chouhan BC NDP
2001 Winner: Patty Sahota BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Burnaby-Edmonds
|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||58%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Chinese (all): 19.9%, Korean: 3.1%, Punjabi: 3.1%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$60,332||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||62/39||70/30|