At a glance
BC Liberal Douglas Horne took this suburban district in 2009 with 57 per cent of the vote. He is currently the parliamentary secretary to the premier, and he will run again this May. Before politics, Horne was CEO of Maple Leaf Studios Ltd., an international design and production studio.
On March 4, the BC NDP announced two-time world champion wrestler Chris Wilson as its candidate for the district. Wilson is the executive director and former chair of KidSport Tri-Cities.
The BC Conservative candidate is Shane Kennedy, who has worked with a number of start-up technology companies. He's currently the president and director of Consolidated Wireless Inc.
The BC Green is Ron Peters, who's worked as a manager in the healthcare system for over 30 years.
Lastly, Paul Geddes is a BC Libertarian candidate in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.
The district was created in 2008 and first contested in 2009 as part of a provincial boundary redistribution. It includes 56 per cent of old district Port Moody-Westwood, nine per cent of Coquitlam-Maillardville and seven per cent of Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.
Did you know?
Youthful Coquitlam! In 2011, Coquitlam-Burke Mountain tied for having the second fewest senior residents of all other districts. Just one-tenth of residents were over age 65; the only district with fewer grey-hairs was Peace River North. It also tied with Surrey-Newton for having the highest percentage of families with children under age 24: 61 per cent, compared to the provincial average of 40.
The unaffordable burb? In 2006, home owners in this district felt the pinch of housing affordability more so than almost any other district. Thirty-two per cent of residents spent 30 per cent or more on housing, while the provincial average was 20 per cent. Most affordability issues are concentrated in Greater Vancouver.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Douglas Horne BC Liberal||8644||56.8%||Heather McRitchie BC NDP||5393||35.5%||Jared Evans BC Green||907||6%||Paul Geddes BC Libertarian||266||1.7%|
Telling Stats about Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||10%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||61%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||45%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Chinese (all): 16.8%, Korean: 6.4%, Persian (Farsi): 4.2%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$72,391||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||82/18||70/30|