At a glance
The BC NDP has won the southeasterly district of Columbia River-Revelstoke in four of the last five elections. The area includes the active communities of Kimberley, Revelstoke, Invermere and Golden.
The NDP's Norm Macdonald has been the MLA since 2005. Macdonald is the opposition critic for forestry and he is running again in 2013.
Other candidates include BC Liberal Doug Clovechok, current manager of the Invermere Campus of College of the Rockies.
The BC Conservative candidate is Earl Olsen, a "semi-retired" accountant who's owned printing plants in Edmonton and Calgary.
The BC Green candidate is Laurel Ralston, a Kimberley-based musician, writer, editor, and consultant.
Did you know?
In 2006, Columbia River-Revelstoke had one of the highest rates of immigration, but only Canadian immigrants -- it had among the smallest numbers of newcomers to Canada of any other electoral district.
It was also one of the more better-off electoral districts, with fewer people spending more than 30 per cent of their income on shelter, and fewer low-income seniors, families and children than most other ridings.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Norm Macdonald BC NDP||7419||55.3%||Mark McKee BC Liberal||5093||38%||Sarah Svensson BC Green||907||6.8%|
2005 Winner: Norm Macdonald BC NDP
2001 Winner: Wendy McMahon BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Columbia River-Revelstoke
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||16%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||41%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||11%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 0.8%, French: 0.3%, Italian: 0.3%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$62,127||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||79/21||70/30|