Naomi Yamamoto BC Liberal
Craig Keating BC NDP
Ryan Conroy BC Green
Allan Molyneaux BC Conservative
Laurence Watt BC Libertarian
Carra-Lynn Hodgson British Columbia
Kimball Cariou Communist Party
At a glance
BC Liberal incumbent Naomi Yamomoto, the current minister of state for Small Business, took the district of North Vancouver-Lonsdale in 2009 with 49 per cent of the vote. The district includes urban and suburban neighbourhoods in North Vancouver.
Yamomoto will run to defend her riding this May. The BC NDP candidate is Craig Keating, a long-time councillor of the City of North Vancouver.
Representing the Communist Party is Kimball Cariou, the editor of the newspaper "People's Voice" and founder of the group "Hockey Fans for Peace."
Also running is BC Green candidate Ryan Conroy, a "writer, bassist, trail runner, bus driver, and lover of the outdoors," according to his Twitter page.
The original BC Conservative candidate for this riding, Jeff Sprague, resigned his campaign due to an "unfortunate personal incident." Sprague worked in security and the paralegal field and was the frontman for Damage Inc., a local Metallica cover band. Replacing Sprague on the Conservative roster is Allan Molyneaux, a real estate appraiser with a degree in economics.
Carra-Lynn Hodgson is a candidate for the right-wing British Columbia Party. Laurence Watt is a BC Libertarian candidate.
The Tyee has identified North Vancouver-Lonsdale as one to watch this May. As reporter Doug Ward describes: "The BC Liberals have long ruled on the North Shore. But this riding has been the most-NDP friendly of the area's four seats. BC Liberal incumbent Naomi Yamamoto faces a tough challenge from NDP candidate Craig Keating, a popular long-time city councillor and college instructor. Keating ran unsuccessfully in the riding in 2005, losing by about 1,000 votes. But NDP momentum could give him an edge."
In the 2008 election boundary redistribution, North Vancouver-Lonsdale added some of the old districts of North Vancouver-Seymour and West Vancouver-Capilano.
Did you know?
It's lonelier at the top (of the Lower Mainland): In 2006, North Vancouver-Lonsdale was on the top 10 list of districts with the most residents living alone.
What should the new BC government's top priority be?
- Giving youth better access to education?
- Protecting the environment?
- Dealing with poverty?
- Creating a responsive and transparent government?
Last week's poll: Should increased funding for post-secondary education be a priority for the BC government? Read the results of that poll here.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Naomi Yamamoto BC Liberal||10323||49.2%||Janice Harris BC NDP||7789||37.1%||Michelle Corcos BC Green||1791||8.5%||Ian McLeod BC Conservative||862||4.1%|
2005 Winner: Katherine Whittred BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Katherine Whittred BC Liberal
Telling Stats about North Vancouver-Lonsdale
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||14%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||54%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||29%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Persian (Farsi): 4.6%, Korean: 2.3%, Chinese (all): 2.1%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$ 62,334||$ 67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||55/44||70/30|