At a glance
Penticton is formerly part of the Penticton-Okanagan Valley electoral district, a BC Liberal stronghold where that party has taken the last three elections by large margins. The current MLA, Bill Barisoff, was first elected in 1996 but will not seek reelection.
Instead, the BC Liberals chose two-term Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton to try and defend the riding.
BC NDP candidate and biologist Richard Cannings, and BC First candidate Doug Maxwell, a retired mechanic, hope to steal it away from the Liberals on May 14.
Sean Upshaw, a real estate agent who founded The Father’s House Christian Centre in Abbotsford, is the BC Conservative candidate.
The district was created in 2008 and first contested in 2009. It was created from the former Penticton-Okanagan Valley district, which was a Liberal stronghold since Bill Barisoff first won his seat in 1996.
Did you know?
Voter muscle: In 2006, Penticton had among the highest percentages of eligible voters (Canadian citizens over 18) in the province. It also had a low number of single residents and included a population with 10 per cent more seniors than the provincial average.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Bill Barisoff BC Liberal||10346||44%||Cameron Phillips BC NDP||7331||31.1%||Julius Bloomfield BC Green||3685||15.7%||Chris Delaney BC Conservative||2095||8.9%|
Telling Stats about Penticton
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||25%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||39%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||13%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 1.7%, German: 0.5%, French: 0.4%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$55,831||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||73/27||70/30|