At a glance
Kelowna-Lake Country is a BC Liberal stronghold, having gone to that party by a wide margin in every election since 2001. The BC NDP have placed second in each election, but often lost by half or more. In the 2009 election, the BC Liberals spent seven times more than the NDP to win the riding by double the votes.
BC Liberal incumbent Norm Letnick, the government's current minister of agriculture, will run again. Other candidates include BC NDP candidate Mike Nuyens, a member of the BCGEU’s provincial executive.
The BC Green is Gary Adams, and the BC Conservative is Graeme James, a former Kelowna city councillor and past director with the Central Okanagan Regional District.
The district was modified in 1999, when some areas south of Kelowna were removed and others north of the city were added.
Did you know?
In 2006, Kelowna-Lake Country had among the highest rates of commuters who used cars, trucks, and vans to get around, compared to the rest of the electoral districts.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Norm Letnick BC Liberal||10281||52.1%||Matthew Reed BC NDP||5250||26.6%||Mary-Ann Graham BC Conservative||2253||11.4%||Ryan Fugger BC Green||1375||7%|
2005 Winner: Al Horning BC Liberal
2001 Winner: John Weisbeck BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Kelowna-Lake Country
|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||14%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 1.5%, German: 0.7%, Chinese (all): 0.5%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$65,773||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||80/20||70/30|