Vancouver-Mount Pleasant

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Vancouver-Mount Pleasant is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada. It was one of only two electoral districts to return an NDP MLA in the 2001 election when the NDP was nearly wiped off the electoral map, and it did so by a much wider margin than Vancouver-Hastings, the other seat to return a New Democrat.

The NDP routinely wins by over 40 points in this riding. Even during the 2001 landslide victory for the BC Liberals, the NDP won this riding by over 10 points, despite a massive province-wide turn away from the party. Vancouver-Mount Pleasant is therefore considered one of the safest NDP seats in all of British Columbia.

Demographics[edit]

Population, 2001 53,986
Population Change, 1996–2001 3.9%
Area (km²) 9.64
Pop. Density (People per km²) 5,600

Member of Legislative Assembly[edit]

Its MLA is Jenny Kwan, a former Vancouver City Councillor. She was first elected to the legislature in 1996. She represents the British Columbia New Democratic Party. Kwan became the first Chinese-Canadian cabinet minister in B.C. history when she was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs in February 1998. She has also been Minister of Women's Equality and Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers.

Parliament Years Member Party
35th 1991–1996     Mike Harcourt NDP
36th 1996–2001     Jenny Wai Ching Kwan NDP
37th 2001-2005
38th 2005–2009
39th 2009–2013
40th 2013-present

Election results[edit]

B.C. General Election 1991: Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Mike Harcourt 10,108 63.3% $105,044
Liberal Todd Gnissios 3,137 19.65% $3,341
Social Credit Randy Vannatter 2,143 13.43% $11,663
Green Grant Watson 432 2.71% $579
     Libertarian John Wayne Marsden 80 0.50%
Interdependence Jacek (Jack) Latek 62 0.39%
Total valid votes 15,962 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 600 3.62%
Turnout 16,562 64.03%
B.C. General Election 1996: Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Jenny Kwan 11,155 64.05% $41,905
Liberal Anne Beer 4,243 24.36% $32,735
Green Paul Alexander 759 4.36% $100
Progressive Democrat John Spark 584 3.35% $100
Reform Wayne Marsden 354 2.03%
     Communist Kimball Cariou 121 0.69% $319
     Natural Law John S.W. Kent 114 0.65% $120
Social Credit Agnes Kokko 86 0.49% $526
Total valid votes 17,416 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 284 1.60%
Turnout 17,700 60.50%
B.C. General Election 2001: Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Jenny Kwan 7,163 44.48% $60,582
Liberal Gail Yvonne Sparrow 5,343 33.18% $56,796
Green Dale Hofmann 2,612 16.22% $3,276
     Marijuana David Malmo-Levine 489 3.03% $721
Unity Ken Wright 166 1.03% $185
     No Affiliation Liar Liar 148 0.92%
     Communist Kimball Cariou 142 0.88% $332
     Party of Citizens Franklin Wayne Poley 42 0.26% $331
Total valid votes 16,105 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 208 1.29%
Turnout 16,313 59.36%
British Columbia general election, 2005
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Jenny Kwan 12,974 64.24 $98,030
Liberal Juliet Andalis 4,298 21.28 $34,819
Green Raven Bowen 2,066 10.23 $1,882
Marijuana Christopher Patrick Bennett 308 1.53 $100
Independent Mike Hansen 205 1.02 $406
Work Less Niki Westman 187 0.93 $100
Communist Peter Marcus 98 0.49 $2,928
Democratic Reform Imtiaz Popat 43 0.21 $100
Platinum Kirk Anton Moses 17 0.08 $130
Total Valid Votes 20,196 100
Total Rejected Ballots 312 1.54
Turnout 20,508 49.93
British Columbia general election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jenny Kwan 11,232 63.95 -0.29 $79,796
Liberal Sherry Darlene Wiebe 3,654 20.80 -0.48 $41,506
Green John T. Boychuck 2,507 14.28 +4.05 $7,013
Communist Peter Marcus 171 0.97 +0.48 $1,565
Total Valid Votes 17,564 100
Total Rejected Ballots 218 1.23
Turnout 17,782 46.47

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