At a glance
In 2009, BC Liberal Marc Dalton beat BC NDP candidate Mike Bocking by 68 votes, one of the smallest margins of the election. Before that, the district belonged to long-time Liberal Randy Hawes, Abbotsford-Mission's incumbent MLA.
Dalton and Bocking will again face off this election. Before his election in 2009, Dalton, who is aboriginal and speaks French, was a teacher in the Maple Ridge School District.
Bocking is a former Vancouver Sun reporter and the current president of the Media Union of B.C., Local 2000.
Chad Thompson, an entrepreneur and small business owner, will be running on behalf of the BC Conservatives.
The BC Green is Alex Pope, a computer programmer who's worked for the federal Liberals.
In the 2008 electoral boundary redistribution, Maple Ridge-Mission kept just over half of its area. It added 19 per cent of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
Did you know?
BC NDP candidate Mike Bocking is a veteran campaigner, according to Maple Ridge News. He ran federally against Conservative MP Randy Kamp in 2004, 2006 and 2008, losing each time.
In 2006, Maple Ridge-Mission had more home owners than most other districts. About 82 per cent of residents owned their own digs. More recent figures are not yet available.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Marc Dalton BC Liberal||8802||45.7%||Mike Bocking BC NDP||8734||45.4%||Mike Gildersleeve BC Green||1387||7.2%||Ian Anthony Vaughan BC Reform||325||1.7%|
2005 Winner: Randy Hawes BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Randy Hawes BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Maple Ridge-Mission
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||13%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||55%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||15%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 1.9%, Chinese (all): 0.7%, Korean: 0.7%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$72,351||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||82/18||70/30|