BC Election 2013 Map & Guide

Kootenay West

Katrine Conroy BC NDP

Live Results (Updated every 5 minutes). Last updated: 01:02:54 AM
Polls reporting: 114 of 114
Candidate Votes Popular
Katrine Conroy BC NDP
10606 62.99%
Jim Postnikoff BC Liberal
3592 21.33%
Joseph Hughes Independent
2239 13.30%
Glen Byle Independent
400 2.38%

At a glance

BC NDP candidate Katrine Conroy won the southern riding in the 2009 election with about triple the votes of her BC Liberal rival. The BC Liberals spent $3,000 less than the BC NDP in that election. The riding was created in 2008 and first contested in 2009.

Incumbent Conroy, opposition critic for seniors and long-term care, will run again in 2013. The BC Liberal candidate is Jim Postnikoff, a small business owner and millwright in the mining and forestry industries for 25 years.

Joseph Hughes, a 29-year-old father of three, has served as a councillor in Nakusp and runs as an independent in this election.

Glen Byle is also an independent.

The Kootenay West district draws primarily from the previous West Kootenay-Boundary district. In 2001 that district was won by the BC Liberals with nearly a 20 per cent margin, then by the NDP in 2005 with a 30 per cent margin.

Did you know?

Incumbent Katrine Conroy's husband is a former MLA. Another former MLA joked that Katrine was always known as the brains behind the operation.

In 2006, Kootenay West had the lowest proportion of low-income seniors in the province. It also had both a high rate of home ownership (12 per cent higher than the provincial average) and among the most people who have not moved in the past five years; combined, these could mean emphasis on property rights.

Previous Election Results

B.C. General Election 2009
(Voter turnout: 59.1%)
Candidate Votes %
Katrine Conroy BC NDP 12126 66.7%
Brenda Binnie BC Liberal 4072 22.4%
Andy Morel BC Green 1791 9.8%
Zachary Crispin Communist Party of BC 204 1.1%

Telling Stats about Kootenay West

Census Data
Statistic Riding percentage B.C. average
Percent seniors, 2011 19% 15.8%
Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011 43% 47.7%
Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011 12% 26.4%
Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006 Russian: 0.8%, Italian: 0.5%, German: 0.3% n/a
Average household income (before tax), 2006 $57,247 $67,675
Owners vs. renters, 2006 82/16 70/30

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