BC Election 2013 Map & Guide

Cowichan Valley

Bill Routley BC NDP

Live Results (Updated every 5 minutes). Last updated: 01:02:54 AM
Polls reporting: 144 of 144
Candidate Votes Popular
Bill Routley BC NDP
9923 39.99%
Steve Housser BC Liberal
8786 35.41%
Kerry Davis BC Green
4662 18.79%
Damir Wallener BC Conservative
1132 4.56%
Heather Campbell Independent
310 1.25%

At a glance

The BC NDP's Bill Routley, a former forester, took the island district of Cowichan Valley in 2009 with 48 per cent of the vote. He was the president of a local steelworkers union for 18 years.

Routley will run again this May 2013 election. The BC Liberal candidate is Steve Housser, a former newsman for CBC-TV News in Victoria.

The BC Green candidate is Kerry Davis, who's worked in construction, advertising, classic car restoration and is currently self-employed manufacturing model trains.

The BC Conservative candidate is Damir Wallener, a computer engineer who has worked for several start-ups.

Heather Campbell is an independent.

Cowichan Valley was created in 2008 as part of the provincial boundary redistribution. It includes parts of the old districts of Cowichan-Ladysmith and Malahat-Juan de Fuca.

Did you know?

Valley talk: In 2011 this district tied with Nanaimo-North Cowichan for most native English speakers in the province. Just eight per cent of residents had a non-English mother tongue.

That squares with 2006 stats, when Cowichan Valley was recorded as overwhelmingly English speaking and had a low immigrant population of 14 per cent (compared to the B.C. average of 24 per cent). Of those immigrants who moved to Cowichan Valley, over 35 per cent had come from the U.K.

Previous Election Results

B.C. General Election 2009
(Voter turnout: 62.5%)
Candidate Votes %
Bill Routley BC NDP 12548 48.4%
Cathy Basskin BC Liberal 9258 35.7%
Simon Lindley BC Green 3058 11.8%
Stewart Murray BC Conservative 924 3.6%

Telling Stats about Cowichan Valley

Census Data
Statistic Riding percentage B.C. average
Percent seniors, 2011 18% 15.8%
Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011 44% 47.7%
Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011 8% 26.4%
Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006 Punjabi: 1.1%, French: 0.2%, German: 0.2% n/a
Average household income (before tax), 2006 $62,359 $67,675
Owners vs. renters, 2006 79/21 70/30

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