Oak Bay-Gordon Head
At a glance
BC Liberal Ida Chong has held this district since 1996, though the race was close in the 2009 election. That year Chong won the seat with 46 per cent of the vote, narrowly beating BC NDP candidate Jessica Van der Veen, who earned 44 per cent of the vote.
Both Chong and Van der Veen are running again in this election. Van der Veen is a former actor and acting coach, who earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
The BC Green candidate is climate scientist Andrew Weaver.
Greg Kazakoff, a chartered accountant who's both independently audited government finances and worked for them, is the BC Conservative candidate for the district.
The Tyee has identified Oak Bay-Gordon Head as one to watch this May. As Doug Ward describes: "This is perhaps the most fascinating swing riding in B.C. The Green Party's strength on southern Vancouver Island and the high profile of its candidate, University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver, have turned this into one of B.C.'s rare three-way races. BC Liberal incumbent Ida Chong only won last time by 561 votes in this posh riding against NDP challenger Jessica van der Veen, a former actor-turned-community activist, who is back again. Pollsters say Weaver will draw as much from the BC Liberals as the NDP. The question is whether Weaver will become B.C.'s first Green MLA or be a spoiler."
Find Tyee legislative bureau chief Andrew MacLeod's in-depth profile on the riding here.
In the 2008 electoral boundary redistribution, Oak Bay-Gordon Head kept 92 per cent of its area and added eight per cent from Victoria-Hillside.
Did you know?
Voters in this district are engaged: In the 2009 election, Oak Bay-Gordon Head tied for second highest voter turnout in the province, at 66.8 per cent. It tied with nearby Saanich North and the Islands and was only bested by Delta South.
In 2006, the district boasted the highest house prices on the island, with the average costing $639,000. But residents in Oak Bay-Gordon Head made over $90,000 a year at the time -- much higher than the B.C. average.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Ida Chong BC Liberal||11877||46.5%||Jessica Van de Veen BC NDP||11316||44.3%||Steven Johns BC Green||2330||9.1%|
2005 Winner: Ida Chong BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Ida Chong BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Oak Bay-Gordon Head
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||23%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||46%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||17%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Chinese (all): 4.5%, Punjabi: 0.9%, Korean: 0.7%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$90,526||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||73/27||70/30|