Kootenay West (provincial electoral district)

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Kootenay West
British Columbia electoral district
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Katrine Conroy
New Democratic
District created 2008
First contested 2009
Population (2006) 39,713
Area (km²) 12,015.60
Pop. density (per km²) 3.3
Census divisions Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Regional District of Central Kootenay
Census subdivisions Castlegar, Trail, Nakusp
Not to be confused with the former federal electoral district of Kootenay West (1917-1988) or provincial district of West Kootenay (1890-1894)

Kootenay West is a provincial electoral district in British Columbia, Canada established by the Electoral Districts Act, 2008. It came into effect in the ensuing election.

The riding is seen as a safe NDP seat; the party has won 9 out of the last 10 elections. Before the NDP victory in 1972, the riding voted consistently for Social Credit.

Member of Legislative Assembly[edit]

On account of the realignment of electoral boundaries, most incumbents did not represent the entirety of their listed district during the preceding legislative term. Its MLA incumbent is Katrine Conroy, British Columbia New Democratic Party initially elected during the 2005 election to the West Kootenay-Boundary riding in British Columbia, Canada. Before 2001, the bulk of this riding was part of the Rossland-Trail riding.

Parliament Years Member Party
16th 1924-1928     James Hargrave Schofield Conservative
17th 1928-1933
18th 1933-1937     Richard Ronald Burns Liberal
19th 1937-1941
20th 1941-1945     Herbert Wilfred Herridge CCF
21st 1945-1949     James Lockhart Webster Coalition
22nd 1949-1952     Alexander Douglas Turnbull Coalition
23rd 1952-1953     Robert Edward Sommers Social Credit
24th 1953-1956
25th 1956-1960
26th 1960-1963     Donald Leslie Brothers Social Credit
27th 1963-1966
28th 1966-1969
29th 1969-1972
30th 1972-1975     Christopher D'Arcy NDP
31st 1975-1979
32nd 1979-1983
33rd 1983-1986
34th 1986-1991
35th 1991–1996     Ed Conroy NDP
36th 1996–2001
West Kootenay-Boundary
37th 2001–2005     Sandy Santori Liberal
38th 2005–2009     Katrine Conroy NDP
Kootenay West
39th 2009–2013     Katrine Conroy NDP
40th 2013–present

Election results[edit]

B.C. General Election 2013: Kootenay West
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
New Democratic Katrine Conroy 11,349 63.01 -3.66% $75,493
Liberal Jim Postnikoff 3,841 21.33 -1.05% $35,773
Independent Joseph Peter Hughes 2,391 13.27 n/a $7,070
Independent Glen Curtis Byle 431 2.39 n/a $920
Total Valid Votes 18,012 100
Total Rejected Ballots 86 0.48
Turnout 18,098 56.92
B.C. General Election 2009 Kootenay West
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
     NDP Katrine Conroy 12,126 66.65% $56,860
Liberal Brenda Binnie 4,072 22.38% $53,116
Green Andy Morel 1,791 9.84% $7,170
Communist Zachary Crispin 204 1.13% $2,232
Total Valid Votes 18,193 100%
Total Rejected Ballots 88 0.48%
Turnout 18,281 59.10%