BC Election 2013 Map & Guide

Kamloops-North Thompson

 Winner
Terry Lake BC Liberal
   


Live Results (Updated every 5 minutes). Last updated: 01:02:54 AM
Polls reporting: 155 of 155
Candidate Votes Popular
Terry Lake BC Liberal
   
11080 51.99%
Kathy Kendall BC NDP
   
8277 38.84%
Ed Klop BC Conservative
   
1535 7.20%
John Ford Independent
 
420 1.97%

At a glance

BC Liberal Terry Lake won this southeast district in 2009 by 510 votes, a two per cent margin over BC NDP candidate Doug Brown. Kamloops-North Thompson has gone to the BC Liberals in every election since 1996; prior it was held by the NDP. The Liberals have consistently outspent the NDP in this riding, sometimes more than doubling that spent by their rivals.

Lake will run again this May. Other candidates include BC NDP candidate Kathy Kendall, a lawyer and Kamloops resident.

The BC Conservative candidate is Ed Klop. Klop, a contractor, replaced the Conservatives' original candidate Ed Fehr, who dropped out in April due to a heart condition.

John Ford is a candidate for the independent X Party who has a background in the financial markets.

The Tyee has identified Kamloops-North Thompson as one to watch this May. As reporter Doug Ward describes: "This has long been considered the bellwether of bellwether ridings. An old adage of B.C. politics is that the governing party always has at least one of the two Kamloops seats. Terry Lake, a veterinarian who became the BC Liberal environment minister, only won the last election by 510 votes. His NDP challenger Kathy Kendall, a long-time Kamloops lawyer who represented low-income clients, has the time-for-something-new wind at her back. A strong showing by the BC Conservative candidate Ed Fehr would further reduce Lake's re-election prospects."

Check out The Tyee's in-depth profile on the riding, centred around the Ajax Mine project, here.

The size of this southeastern district changed in 2008 to incorporate 47 per cent of Kamloops.

Did you know?

Incumbent Terry Lake was a veterinarian before getting into politics. He once told a Canadian Press reporter that if he wasn't doing what he is doing, he'd be neutering cats and dogs.

In 2006, Kamloops-North Thompson had the third highest rate of families spending more than 30 per cent of their income on housing in B.C. It also had among the highest divorce rates in the province.

Previous Election Results

B.C. General Election 2009
(Voter turnout: 55.05%)
Candidate Votes %
Terry Lake BC Liberal 9830 46.9%
Doug Brown BC NDP 9320 44.5%
April Snowe BC Green 1418 6.8%
Wayne Russell BC Refederation 251 1.2%

2005 Winner: Kevin Krueger BC Liberal

2001 Winner: Kevin Krueger BC Liberal

Telling Stats about Kamloops-North Thompson

Census Data
Statistic Riding percentage B.C. average
Percent seniors, 2011 17% 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 Punjabi: 1.1%, Italian: 0.6%, Chinese (all): 0.3% n/a
Average household income (before tax), 2006 $56,051 $67,675
Owners vs. renters, 2006 75/24 70/30

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