At a glance
The BC NDP's Harry Lali took the 2009 election by nearly 900 votes, winning 49.1 per cent of the vote. The runner-up, BC Liberal Ella Brown, took 42.7 per cent.
Fraser-Nicola was created in 2009 and largely replaced the Yale-Lillooet electoral district. That district had previously gone to Lali in 2005, but since 1991 swung back and forth between the BC NDP and the BC Liberals. Lali has won every election he's run in since 1991, though he didn't run in 2001. He was a cabinet minister in the late '90s and has run for NDP leadership.
Lali will run again this May. Other candidates include: BC Liberal Jackie Tegart, an Ashcroft councillor and the former head of BC School Trustees.
Michael Beauclair, a log-scaler, is the BC Conservative candidate.
President of the Ashcroft-based Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society, John Kidder, is running for the BC Greens. Kidder helped form the party in 1983 and worked on Adriane Carr's first campaign.
Did you know?
Of the 10 poorest regions in B.C., Fraser-Nicola was the only one outside of Metro Vancouver in 2006. Among the regions in which single mothers depend most on government transfers for their income, Fraser-Nicola topped the list for B.C. It also had a higher proportion of single men on government support and one of the lowest immigrant populations that year.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Harry Lali BC NDP||6703||49.1%||Ella Brown BC Liberal||5830||42.7%||Desiree Maher-Schley BC Green||891||6.5%||Dian Brooks BC Refederation||223||1.6%|
Telling Stats about Fraser-Nicola
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||21%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||37%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||10%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 1.5%, Korean: 0.4%, German: 0.3%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$51,719||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||77/20||70/30|