Peace River South
At a glance
The BC Liberals have held this district since 2001. In the last three elections the party has had no serious rivals, winning by margins of up to 47 per cent. In the 2009 election, the BC Liberals gathered more than double the votes the BC NDP did in Peace River South; however, incumbent Blair Lekstrom is not seeking re-election.
The BC Liberals selected Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier as their candidate this May.
The BC NDP candidate is Darwin Wren, the mayor of Tumbler Ridge who works as a team leader for the Northern Health Authority counselling services.
The BC Conservatives picked Kurt Peats, a retired RCMP officer and one of the party's great northern hopes.
Tyrel Pohl, a mid-20s farm equipment parts labourer in Dawson Creek, is an independent.
In 2008 the district shrank 10 per cent, which was tacked on to Peace River North.
Did you know?
Voter malaise? Peace River South had the third lowest voter turnout in the 2009 election: 44 per cent. Only residents in sister riding Peace River North and Richmond Centre had lower turnouts.
In 2006, Peace River South had among the lowest levels of low-income families, adults, and seniors, and the lowest rate of homeowners spending 30 per cent or more of their income on shelter.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Blair Lekstrom BC Liberal||4801||63.1%||Pat Shaw BC NDP||2057||27%||Grant Fraser BC Green||553||7.3%||Donna Young Independent||220||2.9%|
2005 Winner: Blair Lekstrom BC Liberal
2001 Winner: Blair Lekstrom BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Peace River South
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||12%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||50%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||10%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||German: 1.1%, Chinese (all): 0.2%, Cree: 0.2%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$68,245||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||75/24||70/30|