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
|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
|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|