Kootenay—Columbia

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Kootenay—Columbia
Flag of British Columbia.svg British Columbia electoral district
Kootenay-Columbia.png
Kootenay—Columbia in relation to other British Columbia federal electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
David Wilks
Conservative
District created 1996
First contested 1997
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 88,026
Electors (2011) 63,932
Area (km²)[1] 62,881.53
Pop. density (per km²) 1.4
Census subdivisions Cranbrook, Revelstoke, Kimberley, East Kootenay C, Creston, Central Kootenay B, Fernie, Golden, Sparwood, Columbia-Shuswap A

Kootenay—Columbia is a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1997.

Geography[edit]

Consisting of:

  • the Regional District of East Kootenay;
  • those parts of the Regional District of Central Kootenay comprising:
    • the village of Nakusp;
    • the Town of Creston;
    • subdivisions A, B, C and K;
    • that part of Subdivision D lying northerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the southwesterly production of Cooper Creek with the easterly limit of Subdivision H of the Regional District of Central Kootenay; thence generally northeasterly along said production and said creek to the Duncan River; thence northerly along said river to Hamill Creek; thence generally northeasterly along said creek and its production to the easterly limit of Subdivision D of said regional district;
  • those parts of the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District comprising:

History[edit]

This district was created in 1996 from parts of Kootenay East and Kootenay West—Revelstoke ridings.

It was amended in 2003 to include a small part of Kootenay—Boundary—Okanagan.

Member of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Member of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Kootenay—Columbia
Riding created from Kootenay East and Kootenay West—Revelstoke
36th  1997 − 2000     Jim Abbott Reform
 2000 − 2000     Alliance
37th  2000 − 2003
 2003 − 2004     Conservative
38th  2004 − 2006
39th  2006 − 2008
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − Present     David Wilks Conservative

Future[edit]

The 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution concluded that the electoral boundaries of Kootenay—Columbia should be adjusted, and a modified electoral district of the same name will be contested in future elections.[2] The redefined Kootenay—Columbia gains the communities of Nelson, Salmo and Kaslo and their respective surrounding areas from the current electoral district of British Columbia Southern Interior, while losing Nakusp and area to the new district of South Okanagan—West Kootenay and Needles and area to the new district of North Okanagan—Shuswap. These new boundaries will be legally defined in the 2013 representation order, which is likely to come into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015. In the unlikely event an election is called prior to April 2014, the current electoral boundaries would remain in effect.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Its Member of Parliament (MP) is David Wilks, a former police officer and municipal politician. Elected in 2011 as a Conservative candidate, Wilks was the subject of national headlines in 2012 for saying he and other backbench Tory MPs had no choice in how they voted on the Harper Government's "Russian doll"[4] omnibus budget bill.[5] He reversed his position the next day, saying "I look forward to supporting the bill and seeing it passed."[6]

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative David Wilks 23,910 55.88 -3.71
New Democratic Mark Shmigelsky 14,199 33.18 +10.54
Green William Green 2,547 5.95 -4.06
Liberal Betty Aitchison 1,496 3.50 -4.25
Independent Brent Bush 636 1.49
Total valid votes/Expense limit 42,788 100.00
Total rejected ballots 142 0.33 0.0
Turnout 42,930 63.45 +3.69
Eligible voters 67,663


Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jim Abbott 23,402 59.59 +5.24 $53,536
New Democratic Leon R. Pendleton 8,892 22.64 -3.23 --
Green Ralph Moore 3,933 10.01 +3.91 $1,084
Liberal Betty Aitchison 3,044 7.75 -5.98 $1,960
Total valid votes/Expense limit 39,271 100.00 $99,498
Total rejected ballots 131 0.3 0.0
Turnout 39,402 59.76
     Conservative hold Swing +4.2
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jim Abbott 22,181 54.35 +2.4 $76,689
New Democratic Brent Bush 10,560 25.87 +2.2 $20.927
Liberal Jhim Burwell 5,443 13.33 -4.7 $8,240
Green Clements Verhoeven 2,490 6.10 -0.2 $3,632
Canadian Action Thomas Frederick Sima 132 0.32 $0
Total valid votes 40,806 100.00
Total rejected ballots 129 0.3
Turnout 40,935 64.39 -0.3
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jim Abbott 21,336 52.0 -21.5 $89,327
New Democratic Brent Bush 9,772 23.8 15.1 $32,311
Liberal Ross Priest 7,351 17.9 +3.2 $36,595
Green Carmen Gustafson 2,558 6.23 +3.2
Total valid votes 41,017 100.0
Total rejected ballots 130 0.3 -0.1
Turnout 41,147 65.1 -0.1

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Alliance Jim Abbott 25,663 67.8 +5.9
Liberal Delvin R. Chatterson 5,581 14.7 -2.9 $18,971
New Democratic Andrea Dunlop 3,297 8.7 -5.5 $3,732
Progressive Conservative Jerry Pirie 2,165 5.7 +1.6 $340
Green Jubilee Rose Cacaci 1,158 3.1 +0.9
Total valid votes 37,864 100.0
Total rejected ballots 139 0.4 0.0
Turnout 38,003 65.2 +0.3

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Reform Jim Abbott 22,387 61.9 $49,956
Liberal Mark Shmigelsky 6,373 17.6 $28,560
New Democratic Greg Edwards 5,133 14.2 $29,778
Progressive Conservative Mark Palmer 1,479 4.1 $322
Green Anna Rowe 786 2.2
Total valid votes 36,158 100
Total rejected ballots 131 0.4
Turnout 36,289 64.9

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