At a glance
BC NDP incumbent and former party leader Carole James took the Victoria-Beacon Hill riding in 2009, which includes the southern part of Victoria. She received a solid 55 per cent of the vote.
James attempts to defend her riding this May. The former party leader faces a current party leader, Jane Sterk, who's led the BC Greens since 2007. Sterk ran as a federal candidate in 2004 and provincial candidate in 2005. She was a councillor in the Township of Esquimalt from 2005 to 2008.
The BC Liberal candidate is Karen Bill, currently on leave from her job as executive assistant to B.C.'s minister of aboriginal relations and reconciliation. She has been senior staff for several ministers.
John Shaw is a BC Communist candidate for the district.
In the 2008 boundary redistribution, Victoria-Beacon Hill kept 89 per cent of its area and added nine per cent of Victoria-Hillside.
Did you know?
In this district, over 35 per cent of people (according to 2006 stats) biked to work, compared to the provincial average of 8.9 per cent. Vancouver West-End was the only district with more people biking to work.
Victoria-Beacon Hill also had the highest number of voters as a percentage of the population -- but do all those seniors vote?
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Carole James BC NDP||13400||55.4%||Dallas Henault BC Liberal||6375||26.3%||Adam Saab BC Green||4106||17%||Saul Anderson Independent||319||1.3%|
2005 Winner: Carole James BC NDP
2001 Winner: Jeff Bray BC Liberal
Telling Stats about Victoria-Beacon Hill
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||19%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||36%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||15%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Chinese (all): 2.4%, French: 0.7%, Japanese: 0.5%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$49,920||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||37/63||70/30|