Lana Popham BC NDP
Rishi Sharma BC Liberal
Branko Mustafovic BC Green
Joshua Galbraith BC Conservative
Peter Kappel Independent
At a glance
The BC NDP's Lana Popham took the suburban district of Saanich South in 2009 with 47 per cent of the vote. It went NDP in 2005 too, but was a BC Liberal seat in 2001.
Incumbent Popham, opposition critic for agriculture and lands, runs again this May. She's challenged by BC Liberal candidate Rishi Sharma, a 13-year aide in the provincial legislature.
The BC Green candidate is Branko Mustafovic, a commercial photographer who's slated to produce and direct a documentary on ethical gold and diamond mining.
The BC Conservative candidate is Joshua Galbraith, who obtained his postsecondary from Camuson College and Trinity Western University.
Peter Kappel is an independent.
In the 2008 boundary redistribution, Saanich South kept 87 per cent of its area, and added six per cent of Oak Bay-Gordon Head and three per cent of Victoria-Hillside.
Did you know?
In 2006, Saanich South was one of the more affluent districts in the province. It also had a higher population of seniors at the time, with 17 per cent of residents age 65+.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Lana Popham BC NDP||11697||47.1%||Robin Adair BC Liberal||11215||45.2%||Brian Geoffrey Gordon BC Green||1664||6.7%||Douglas Christie Western Canada Concept BC||235||0.9%|
2005 Winner: David Cubberley BC NDP
2001 Winner: Susan Mary Brice BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Saanich South
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||18%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||47%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||18%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Chinese (all): 3.9%, Punjabi: 3.8%, German: 1.5%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$80,697||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||79/21||70/30|