At a glance
Kootenay East, B.C.'s most southeasterly district, has been held by BC Liberal Bill Bennett -- "Kootenay Bill" -- since 2001. Before that, the BC NDP and Social Credit parties held the riding since the 1960s.
Bennett will shoot for a fourth term this election. He takes on a sole challenger, BC NDP candidate and teacher Norma Blissett.
Did you know?
In 2006, Kootenay East had the highest rate of English-only speakers in the province; similarly, it had among the lowest rates of immigrants and workers who qualified outside of Canada, and the second-lowest proportion of visible minorities of any B.C. electoral district.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Bill Bennett BC Liberal||8404||51.2%||Troy Sebastian BC NDP||5844||35.6%||Wilf Hanni BC Conservative||1612||9.8%||Jen Tsuida BC Green||549||3.3%|
2005 Winner: Bill Bennett BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Bill Bennett BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Kootenay East
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||15%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||43%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||9%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||French: 0.4%, German: 0.4%, Italian: 0.3%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$63,558||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||79/21||70/30|