At a glance
Westside-Kelowna was swept by the BC Liberals in 2009, when the party nearly doubled the votes of the runner-up BC NDP. In 2008, the new district replaced part of the old Okanagan-Westside district, which was also a BC Liberal stronghold.
BC Liberal incumbent Ben Stewart, minister of citizens’ services and open government, runs again this May. He faces BC NDP candidate and teacher Carole Gordon, and BC Conservative candidate Brian Guillou, a contractor and businessman.
Did you know?
Magnet for interprovincialism: Among B.C. districts, in 2006 Westside-Kelowna had the highest number of people to have moved to B.C. in the past five years from other provinces (as of 2006). Nearly 10 per cent of residents had recently arrived from elsewhere.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Ben Stewart BC Liberal||10334||53.3%||Tish Lakes BC NDP||5656||29.2%||Peter Neville BC Conservative||1772||9.1%||Robin McKim BC Green||1617||8.3%|
Telling Stats about Westside-Kelowna
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||20%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||40%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||13%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||German: 0.7%, French: 0.4%, Polish: 0.4%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$59,998||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||75/25||70/30|