At a glance
BC Liberal and current Education Minister Don McRae took the central-east district of Vancouver Island's Comox Valley in 2009 with 47.3 per cent of the vote, after narrowly beating the BC NDP's Leslie McNabb who earned 42.6 per cent. The past two B.C. elections (2009 and 2005) in this district have been excitingly close between the two major provincial parties.
This election, McRae will attempt to defend his district from BC NDP candidate Kassandra Dycke, a deployment services coordinator at the Comox Military Family Resource Centre.
Chris Aikman, the BC Green candidate for the district, spent three decades on Little Saanich Mountain working as an astrophysicist for the National Research Council of Canada. He's since worked briefly for the Provincial Ministry of Health on seniors' housing.
Diane Hoffman is the BC Conservative candidate. Hoffman has a PhD in theology and has worked in small business and project management for 30 years.
Did you know?
BC Liberal Don McRae was a member of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, which introduced the HST. His district ultimately opposed the tax in the 2011 referendum.
No man is an island, yet the island can be a lonely place to be. In 2006, Comox Valley was in the top 10 districts with the highest divorce rates. About 15 per cent of census respondents recorded divorces (the provincial average is 11.6). Six of the other 10 districts are island-based.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Don McRae BC Liberal||13886||47.3%||Leslie McNabb BC NDP||12508||42.6%||Hazel Lennox BC Green||2577||8.8%||Paula Berard BC Refederation||266||0.9%|
2005 Winner: Stan Hagen BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Stan Hagen BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Comox Valley
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||20%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||41%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||9%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||French: 0.9%, Chinese (all): 0.5%, German: 0.4%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$59,493||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||78/22||70/30|