BC Election 2013 Map & Guide

Vernon-Monashee

 Winner
Eric Foster BC Liberal
   


Live Results (Updated every 5 minutes). Last updated: 01:02:54 AM
Polls reporting: 184 of 184
Candidate Votes Popular
Eric Foster BC Liberal
   
11282 46.87%
Mark Olsen BC NDP
   
8148 33.85%
Scott Anderson BC Conservative
   
2867 11.91%
Rebecca Helps BC Green
1620 6.73%
Korry Zepik Independent
155 0.64%

At a glance

Vernon-Monashee has been won by the BC Liberals since 1996, with slight boundary adjustments. It was known as Okanagan-Vernon until 2009. The BC Liberals have consistently maintained strong margins over the NDP runner-ups, although voter turnout has declined steadily since 1996 for a total decline of 20 per cent.

This election, candidates attempting to woo the voters of Vernon-Monashee include BC Liberal incumbent Eric Foster. Foster is the government whip who previously served as mayor and councillor for the Village of Lumby.

CUPE 5523 President Mark Olsen is the BC NDP candidate. Businessman Scott Anderson, who ran for Vernon council in 2011, is the BC Conservative candidate.

Rebecca Helps represents the BC Greens, and Korry Zepik is an independent candidate.

The Tyee has identified Vernon-Monashee as one to watch this May. As reporter Doug Ward describes: "If any of the seven Okanagan seats could flip to the NDP because of a vote split on the right, this is it. BC Liberal incumbent Eric Foster was in political hot water recently after being criticized by outgoing B.C. Auditor-General John Doyle over renovations and leasing arrangements at his Vernon office. Doyle also said that Foster should have recused himself as chair of the legislative committee that denied his reappointment as auditor-general. Foster's opponents, New Democrat Mark Olsen, a school board employee, and Conservative Scott Anderson, a Vernon businessman, have attacked Foster over the controversy. Foster beat Olsen last time by five percentage points."

Did you know?

After an all-party committee that MLA Eric Foster chaired opted to end auditor general John Doyle's tenure earlier this year, it was revealed that Foster's constituency spending was the subject of a random audit by Doyle's office, according to a Globe and Mail report. Doyle publicly chastised Foster for not stepping aside from the committee while being audited. The committee that ended Doyle's tenure later reversed the decision.

 

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Previous Election Results

B.C. General Election 2009
(Voter turnout: 54%)
Candidate Votes %
Eric Foster BC Liberal 9015 37.3%
Mark Olsen BC NDP 7698 31.8%
Huguette Allen BC Green 4029 16.7%
Dean Skoreyko BC Conservative 1972 8.2%

2005 Winner: Tom Christensen BC Liberal

2001 Winner: Tom Christensen BC Liberal

Telling Stats about Vernon-Monashee

Census Data
Statistic Riding percentage B.C. average
Percent seniors, 2011 18% 15.8%
Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011 44% 47.7%
Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011 11% 26.4%
Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006 Punjabi: 0.7%, French: 0.7%, Chinese: 0.4% n/a
Average household income (before tax), 2006 $ 59,916 $ 67,675
Owners vs. renters, 2006 75/25 70/30

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