At a glance
Kelowna-Mission has gone to the BC Liberals since the boundaries were last modified in 1999. In each of the three elections, the party has won by a large margin -- the largest in 2001, when Sindi Hawkins took more than five times the votes of her NDP rival.
This May, current minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations and incumbent Steve Thomson will run again. He'll take on BC Conservative candidate Mike McLoughlin, founder and director of a family practice and walk-in clinic.
The BC NDP chose Tish Lakes, who leads a Kelowna non-profit providing legal advocacy services, as its candidate for the district.
The BC NDP candidate was originally Dayleen Van Ryswyk, but she resigned on April 16, the first day of the election campaign, after comments she made in an online forum about First Nations people came to light. She is now running as an independent candidate.
Did you know?
Housing bites: In 2006, Kelowna-Mission had among the highest rates of families spending more than 30 per cent of income on shelter.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Steve Thomson BC Liberal||11506||53.9%||Tisha Kalmanovitch BC NDP||5566||26.1%||Mark Thompson BC Conservative||2531||11.9%||Crystal Wariach BC Green||1563||7.3%|
2005 Winner: Sindi Hawkins BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Sindi Hawkins BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Kelowna-Mission
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||19%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||47%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||14%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||German: 0.9%, Chinese (all): 0.9%, Punjabi: 0.4%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$68,883||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||77/23||70/30|