BC Election 2013 Map & Guide

Peace River South

Mike Bernier BC Liberal

Live Results (Updated every 5 minutes). Last updated: 01:02:54 AM
Polls reporting: 69 of 69
Candidate Votes Popular
Mike Bernier BC Liberal
3904 46.39%
Kurt Peats BC Conservative
2301 27.34%
Darwin Wren BC NDP
1781 21.16%
Tyrel Pohl Independent
429 5.10%

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

B.C. General Election 2009
(Voter turnout: 44%)
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

Census Data
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

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