This riding's population is over 54% immigrants. The two largest visible minority groups in this riding are Chinese-Canadians at 43% and the Filipino-Canadians at 11%. The service sector, retail trade and manufacturing are the major sources of employment in Vancouver Kingsway. The average family income is over $72,000. Unemployment is around 6.5%.
Emerson's floor-crossing was highly controversial. Then Prime Minister-designate Stephen Harper dispatched campaign co-chair John Douglas Reynolds, on the day after the election, to offer Emerson a cabinet post in a Conservative government. Emerson's acceptance of that offer made Canadian history, marking the first time a member of parliament, let alone a cabinet minister, had crossed the floor before a new government was even sworn in.
As a result of the controversy, a number of groups formed to fight for Emerson's resignation. Some groups also seek legislation that would prevent floor crossing altogether or restrict a member of parliament if they abandon their party's caucus. Groups that fought against Emerson's defection included the New Democratic Party-aligned Recall David Emerson Campaign, and the Liberal Party-aligned but eventually wholly citizen-driven De-Elect Emerson Campaign.
The 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution concluded that the electoral boundaries of Vancouver Kingsway should be adjusted, and a modified electoral district of the same name will be contested in future elections. The redefined Vancouver Kingsway loses that portion of its current territory west of Main Street to the new district of Vancouver Granville as well as a small area in its extreme southeast to Vancouver South. 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.
This riding has been held by the NDP and its precursor CCF for most of its history. The NDP has won 12 of the 18 elections held since the riding was formed in 1953, the Liberals have won 5 and the Conservatives 1. The two candidates who topped the poll in the 2008 election ran again in 2011. The incumbent Member of Parliament, Vancouver lawyer Don Davies, represented the NDP, and Vancouver businesswoman Wendy Yuan represented the Liberal Party again. Davies won by approximately 3,000 votes in 2008. In 2011, Davies quintupled that margin, topping the Liberal candidate by over 15,000 votes, the Conservative candidate by over 10,000 votes, and winning over 50% of the votes cast.