At a glance
Shuswap has gone to the BC Liberal Party since 1996 when George Abbott first won his seat in the district, which was created from the former Salmon Arm riding. Abbott announced his retirement in 2012.
This May's candidates include Greg Kyllo for the BC Liberals. Kyllo owns a company that builds houseboats. In 2010 a company that Kyllo owned was fined for violations of Fisheries Act. See The Tyee story here.
Steve Gunner, who runs an organic chicken and turkey farm in Armstrong, is the BC NDP candidate.
Chris George is a Thompson Rivers University student and has spent 30 years as an entrepreneur in Kamloops, Vernon, Enderby and Salmon Arm. He represents the BC Greens.
Tom Birch, a project manager in the forest industry, represents the BC Conservatives.
Johanna Zalcik is with the Advocational Party.
Did you know?
There were more English-only speakers in Shuswap than all but one other district in 2006; the district also had less visible minorities of any other. That year it also had among the highest rates of single men and women drawing their income from government transfers in B.C.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||George Abbott BC Liberal||10764||46.6%||Steve Gunner BC NDP||7051||30.5%||Michael Saab BC Green||2539||11%||Beryl Ludwig BC Conservative||2374||10.3%|
2005 Winner: George Abbott BC Liberal
2001 Winner: George Abbott BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Shuswap
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||23%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||36%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||9%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||German: 0.8%, Dutch: 0.4%, Korean: 0.1%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$54,773||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||83/17||70/30|