Okanagan-Westside

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Okanagan-Westside was a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada from 2001 to 2009.

It included the small cities of Westbank, Westside, Peachland, and Summerland, and extended from the city limit of Summerland (in the south) to the Okanagan Lake bridge, in Westside (north). Kelowna, the major city in the Okanagan, lies across the Okanagan Lake bridge. Encompassing land in both the South and Central Okanagan, this constituency's lands are well known for their semi-arid climate and high summer temperatures..

Demographics[edit]

Population, 2001 47,678
Population Change, 1996–2001 8.9%
Area (km²) 1,959
Pop. Density (people per km²) 24

Geography[edit]

History[edit]

The area of this constituency was first settled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by European agriculturalists. Fruit growing, especially apple and cherry crops, were a major industry, although tourism, logging, mining, and now viticulture, have also been major industries in the region. The Okanogan peoples, an Interior Salish language group, have settled the area for several thousand years.

1999 Redistribution[edit]

This electoral district was carved out of Oakanagan West, Okanagan-Vernon and Okanagan-Penticton.

MLAs[edit]

  1. Rick Thorpe, Liberal (2001–2009)

Election results[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2001
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Rick Thorpe 14,181 68.08% $39,628
New Democratic Ernie Dmetro Ursuliak 3,176 15.25% $4,535
Unity Howard Lionel Hunt 1,364 6.55% $591
Marijuana Teresa Taylor 1,188 5.70% $1,120
Action Jack W. Peach 921 4.42% $1,186
Total valid votes 20,830 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 127 0.61%
Turnout 20,957 69.91%
British Columbia general election, 2005
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Rick Thorpe 12,148 54.39%
New Democratic Joyce Procure 6,873 30.77%
Green Angela Reid 2,262 10.13%
Democratic Reform Janice Marie Money 1,051 4.71%
Total 22,334 100.00%

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