At a glance
BC Liberal Donna Barnett took the interior Cariboo-Chilcotin district in the 2009 election in a close race. She won 47.85 per cent of the vote, with the runner-up BC NDP candidate Charlie Wyse taking 47.18 per cent of the vote -- a margin of just 88 votes.
Wyse was the Cariboo South MLA from 2005 to 2009; when he won in 2005, a tiny margin was again at stake: 114 votes. These near wins and losses earned him the nickname "Landslide Charlie." Wyse was elected to Williams Lake city council in 1979 and served 23 years.
Barnett and Wyse will face off again this election. Other candidates include BC Green Dustin Price, who works in the forest industry, and independent Gary Young.
Cariboo-Chilcotin was created in 2008 as part of the provincial boundary redistribution. It is made up primarily of Cariboo-South, which existed from 1991 until 2008. Prior to 2009's tight race, in the three elections since 1996 the district has swung between the NDP and Liberals.
Did you know?
In 2009, the race between BC Liberal Donna Barnett and the BC NDP's Charlie Wyse was so close that an earlier count found Wyse the victor. A later count established Barnett the winner.
In 2006, Cariboo-Chilcotin was among the districts with the smallest number of new immigrants; it also had among the highest number of aboriginal residents in the province.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Donna Barnett BC Liberal||6259||47.9%||Charlie Wyse BC NDP||6171||47.2%||Elli Taylor BC Green||650||5%|
Telling Stats about Cariboo-Chilcotin
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||21%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||36%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||14%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 1.6%, German: 1.4%, Chilcotin: 0.8%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$55,691||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||74/23||70/30|