At a glance
BC Liberal Margaret MacDiarmid won this district seat in 2009. She took over the reins from Gregor Robertson, Vancouver's mayor, who at the time represented the BC NDP. Since 2001, each district race has been relatively tight and hard fought.
Health Minister MacDiarmid runs to defend her district this May. George Heyman, former Sierra Club BC executive director, is the BC NDP candidate.
Matthew Pedley, who as an engineer has worked in consulting, private electrical utility, and public electrical utility with BC Hydro, is the BC Green candidate, making this district a three-way race.
The Tyee has identified Vancouver-Fairview as one to watch this May. As reporter Doug Ward describes: "This is a classic swing riding where the last three elections have been close. This year's contest features two heavyweights: BC Liberal Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid and George Heyman, the veteran government employees union leader and Sierra Club executive director. Heyman is bound for cabinet if he and the NDP wins. But Fairview is affluent enough that NDP victories here do not come easy. Gregor Robertson only won in 2005 by about 900 votes. Still, this should flip to the NDP unless the race tightens up significantly."
In 2008, the district lost 10 per cent and added some of Vancouver-Kensington as part of a province-wide boundary re-drawing.
Did you know?
Candidates, take note: As of the 2006 census, Vancouver-Fairview ranked third in terms of highest number of eligible voters. Eighty per cent of residents were over the age of 18. The district had a large population of post secondary students, which likely boosted the number.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Margaret MacDiarmid BC Liberal||11034||47.1%||Jenn McGinn BC NDP||9881||42.2%||Vanessa Violini BC Green||2232||9.5%||Graham Clark Independent||165||0.7%|
2005 Winner: Gregor Robertson BC NDP
2001 Winner: Gary Farrell-Collins BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Vancouver-Fairview
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||12%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||40%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||33%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Chinese (all): 12%, French 2.6%, Spanish 1.8%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$70,353||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||42/58||70/30|