At a glance
Robin Austin of the BC NDP has held this seat for two elections. In 2001, Roger Harris of the BC Liberals blew out then-NDP incumbent Helmut Giesbrecht, who at the time had held the seat for a decade. In the four elections since 1996, the Liberals have outspent the NDP in this district by a total of over $120,000.
Austin runs again this May. Other candidates include BC Liberal Carol Leclerc, a nine-year Terrace councillor.
The BC Conservative candidate is Mike Brousseau, who ran in the riding in 2009 and earned 893 votes (nearly eight per cent).
Trevor Hendry is a candidate for the British Columbia party in the district.
The district boundaries changed slightly in 2008 as part of a provincial redistribution.
Did you know?
Fishing tourists, sure, but no lasting hook? In 2006, the Skeena region had the lowest percentage of recent immigrants of any district in B.C.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Robin Austin BC NDP||5865||50.8%||Donny Van Dyk BC Liberal||4328||37.5%||Michael Brousseau BC Conservative||893||7.7%||Anita Norman BC Green||467||4%|
2005 Winner: Robin Austin BC NDP
2001 Winner: Roger Harris BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Skeena
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||13%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||52%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||15%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 1.6%, Portuguese: 1.6%, French: 0.9%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$64,731||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||76/23||70/30|