BC Election 2013 Map & Guide

Langley

 Winner
Mary Polak BC Liberal
   


Live Results (Updated every 5 minutes). Last updated: 01:02:54 AM
Polls reporting: 160 of 160
Candidate Votes Popular
Mary Polak BC Liberal
   
12694 51.89%
Andrew Mercier BC NDP
   
6573 26.87%
John Cummins BC Conservative
  
2897 11.84%
Wally Martin BC Green
 
2298 9.39%

At a glance

Langley is historically strong BC Liberal territory, with Mary Polak winning the seat in 2009 with 57 per cent of the vote. She's been Langley's MLA since 2005.

Polak will run again this election. BC Conservative leader John Cummins will fight to take away some Liberal votes as the party's candidate.

BC NDP candidate Andrew Mercier, who served as campaign manager for Langley federal NDP candidate Piotr Majkowski, will also vie for the district. Mercier is the NDP's youngest candidate this election. See a Tyee profile here. The BC Green candidate is Wally Martin.

The Tyee has identified Langley as one to watch this May. As reporter Doug Ward describes: "This one features a battle on the right between provincial Conservative Party leader John Cummins and BC Liberal Transportation Minister Mary Polak. Cummins' natural political constituency is Delta, which he represented for many years federally. But Delta South independent MLA Vicki Huntington took that away, so Cummins switched to Langley, where he now resides, in his bid to become B.C.'s first Conservative MLA in over three decades. The New Democrats took 35 per cent of the vote here last time. It's a long-shot scenario, but an even vote split on the right could flip this traditional bastion of small-c conservatism to NDP candidate Andrew Mercier."

On May 7, Mary Polak's campaign manager, Todd Hauptman, quit, saying that while Polak had been personally supportive of his openly gay identity, she had failed to defend the gay community when questioned recently about the school board's $1.2 million legal fight over its ban on three books about same sex parents.

Did you know?

In 2009, BC Liberal Mary Polak won the district with a significant margin, but only three candidates ran that year. This election a Conservative will be thrown into the mix, with party leader John Cummins hoping to take away some of those traditionally Liberal votes.

Previous Election Results

B.C. General Election 2009
(Voter turnout: 55.1%)
Candidate Votes %
Mary Polak BC Liberal 13282 56.6%
Kathleen Stephany BC NDP 8411 35.8%
Ron Abgrail BC Green 1793 7.6%

2005 Winner: Mary Polak BC Liberal

2001 Winner: Lynn Stephens BC Liberal

Telling Stats about Langley

Census Data
Statistic Riding percentage B.C. average
Percent seniors, 2011 15% 15.8%
Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011 51% 47.7%
Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011 16% 26.4%
Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006 Korean: 2%, Chinese (all): 1.8%, Spanish: 0.4% n/a
Average household income (before tax), 2006 $70,893 $67,675
Owners vs. renters, 2006 75/25 70/30

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