BC Election 2013 Map & Guide

Saanich North and the Islands

Gary Holman BC NDP

Live Results (Updated every 5 minutes). Last updated: 01:02:54 AM
Polls reporting: 162 of 162
Candidate Votes Popular
Gary Holman BC NDP
9681 33.19%
Stephen Roberts BC Liberal
9629 33.01%
Adam Olsen BC Green
9294 31.86%
Scott McEachern  Independent
567 1.94%

At a glance

BC Liberal Murray Coell took the district of Saanich North and the Islands in 2009 -- narrowly beating out the BC NDP's Gary Holman by 0.88 of a per cent. Coell received 44.9 per cent of the vote. In July 2012, Coell announced his retirement from politics.

This election, Holman again fights for the seat on behalf of the BC NDP. Holman was a consulting economist for over 25 years, specializing in resource and land use issues, before working as a CRD director for Salt Spring Island.

The BC Liberals chose Stephen Roberts, who's served as chief operating officer in the investment research divisions of large banks such as Merrill Lynch and Citibank, as their candidate for the district.

Two-time Central Saanich councillor Adam Olsen will represent the BC Greens. Olsen made a bit of history in 2008, as the first First Nations member elected to the council, according to his website.

Furniture salesman Scott McEachern is an independent candidate.

Did you know?

In 2011, this district was the second "oldest" in the province. It had the second highest number of seniors (65+) of all other districts, bested only by Parksville-Qualicum.

And it's not all aquatics and shuffleboard either, it appears. Saanich North and the Islands won the distinction of second highest voter turnout in the 2009 election: 66.8 per cent of residents cast their vote. It tied with Oak Bay-Gordon Head and was only trumped by Delta South.

Previous Election Results

B.C. General Election 2009
(Voter turnout: 66.8%)
Candidate Votes %
Murray Coell BC Liberal 13136 44.9%
Gary Holman BC NDP 12878 44%
Tom Bradfield BC Green 3223 11%

2005 Winner: Murray Coell BC Liberal

2001 Winner: Murray Coell BC Liberal

Telling Stats about Saanich North and the Islands

Census Data
Statistic Riding percentage B.C. average
Percent seniors, 2011 28% 15.8%
Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011 34% 47.7%
Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011 10% 26.4%
Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006 German: 0.4%, Chinese (all): 0.3%, French: 0.2% n/a
Average household income (before tax), 2006 $71,774 $67,675
Owners vs. renters, 2006 83/17 70/30

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