At a glance
The BC NDP's Bruce Ralston has held the riding of Surrey-Whalley since 2005; in 2009 he won more than double the votes of runner-up BC Liberal candidate Radhia Banalia. Ralston is the Opposition critic for Finance, and Opposition House Leader.
Ralston runs again in May 2013. Kuljeet Kaur, a Radio Punjab talk show host and local realtor, is the BC Liberal candidate.
Sunny Chohan, a telecoms manager and president of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society, is the BC Conservative vying for the district.
Jag Bhandari, owner of Omax Realty, is a candidate for and leader of the BC Vision Party.
In the 2008 boundary redistribution, the district added 23 per cent of Surrey-Green Timbers.
Did you know?
In the mid-2000s, Surrey-Whalley had among the highest number of children under six and seniors over 65 associated with low-income of all districts. It had among the lowest full-time employment incomes as well.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Bruce Ralston BC NDP||10453||66.5%||Radhia Banalia BC Liberal||4083||26%||Bernadette Keenan BC Green||1189||7.6%|
2005 Winner: Bruce Ralston BC NDP
2001 Winner: Elayne Brenzinger BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Surrey-Whalley
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||11%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||56%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||47%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 8.9%, Chinese (all): 3.3%, Hindi: 3%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$54,409||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||60/40||70/30|