At a glance
BC Liberal Ron Cantelon took the island district of Parksville-Qualicum in 2009 with 51 per cent of the vote.
This election, candidates competing for the Parksville-Qualicum seat are paralympian Michelle Stilwell for the BC Liberals.
Three-term Qualicum Beach councillor Barry Avis represents the BC NDP.
Radiologist David Coupland represents the BC Conservatives.
The district was first created in 1989 and then turned into Nanaimo-Parksville in 2000. Parksville-Qualicum was re-created in 2008 from Nanaimo-Parksville and Alberni-Qualicum.
Did you know?
A wise district? In 2011 Parksville-Qualicum had the most senior residents of all other districts in the province, with 33 per cent of residents age 65+. It also had the third fewest census families with children 24 and under of all districts (32 per cent to the provincial average of 40 per cent).
That follows trends in 2006, when more seniors lived in Parksville-Qualicum than any other coastal or island district. They represented 29 per cent of residents in the district.
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||%||Ron Cantelon BC Liberal||13716||51.4%||Leanne Salter BC NDP||10136||38%||Wayne Osborne BC Green||2573||9.6%||Bruce Ryder BC Refederation||251||0.9%|
Telling Stats about Parksville-Qualicum
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||33%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||32%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||11%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 0.4%, Chinese (all): 0.4%, German: 0.4%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$ 62,440||$ 67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||85/15||70/30|