At a glance
BC NDP MLA Harry Bains has held the district since 2005; both victories were strong. Bains was opposition critic for the Olympics and critic for Transportation and Infrastructure.
Bains runs again in 2013 for the Surrey-Newton seat. He faces BC Liberal Sukhminder Virk, a lawyer specializing in wills and estates, wealth preservation, and corporate law.
The BC Conservative candidate is Surrey banker Satinder Singh, who is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.
Representing the Helping Hand Party is Alan Saldanha, a former Green Party candidate dropped in the 2011 election for an offensive Facebook post.
The district changed significantly in 2008 as part of a provincial boundary redistribution, keeping just 44 per cent and adding 43 per cent of Surrey-Panorama Ridge.
Did you know?
Ankle biter alert: In 2011 this district, along with Peace River North, had the fewest number of voting-age residents in the province. More than one-quarter of residents were under age 18. Sixty-one per cent of families included children under 24 -- tied with Coquitlam-Burke Mountain as the highest of all districts. It also tied for the second-fewest number of seniors (65+) that year, bested only by Peace River North.
According to 2006 census figures, Surrey-Newton was on the lower end of employment income for full-time workers; however, people spent a smaller percentage of that income on rent. In addition, there were much fewer single-occupancy households in Surrey-Newton at the time. The district was also marked that year as one with more visible minorities and fewer people speaking English at home than most others.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Harry Bains BC NDP||10709||68.9%||Ajay Caleb BC Liberal||4011||25.8%||Trevor Loke BC Green||759||4.9%||George Gidora Communist Party of BC||58||0.4%|
2005 Winner: Harry Bains BC NDP
2001 Winner: Tony Bhullar BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Surrey-Newton
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||10%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||61%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||65%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 35.8%, Hindi: 2.8%, Urdu: 2%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$66,587||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||69/31||70/30|