Saanich North and the Islands
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
|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
|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|