Powell River-Sunshine Coast
At a glance
The BC NDP's Nicholas Simons took the coastal riding of Powell River-Sunshine Coast in 2009 with 58 per cent of the vote. He's held the riding since 2005. Over the years he's worked with the Sechelt Nation as part of Child and Family Youth Services, and has worked as a child-protection social worker.
This May, incumbent Simons will be challenged by BC Liberal and former federal bureaucrat Patrick Muncaster.
The BC Green candidate is Richard Till, who's done several outdoor jobs and worked for the Sechelt Nation as well.
Did you know?
The district was once held by former BC Liberal leader Gordon Wilson (1987-93), who ran as a BC NDP candidate in 2000.
In 2006 Powell River-Sunshine Coast was one of the smallest districts population-wise, with about 40,000 voters.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Nicholas Simons BC NDP||13276||58.3%||Dawn Miller BC Liberal||7818||34.3%||Jeff Chilton BC Green||1436||6.3%||Allen McIntyre BC Refederation||249||1.1%|
2005 Winner: Nicholas Simons BC NDP
2001 Winner: Harold Long BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Powell River-Sunshine Coast
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||22%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||37%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||11%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||French: 0.8%, German: 0.4%, Siouan (Dakota/Sioux): 0.4%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$56,863||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||80/20||70/30|