West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
British Columbia electoral district
West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country.png
West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country in relation to the other British Columbia ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
Liberal
District created 1996
First contested 1997
Last contested 2015
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 112,875
Electors (2015) 86,370
Area (km²)[1] 13,237
Pop. density (per km²) 8.5
Census subdivisions Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton, West Vancouver, Lions Bay, Sechelt, Bowen Island, Gibsons

West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country (formerly West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) is a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1997.

Geography[edit]

The district includes the regional districts of Sunshine Coast and Powell River (excluding Lasqueti Island), the southern portion of the Squamish–Lillooet Regional District, including the municipalities of Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton; and West Vancouver, Lions Bay and Bowen Island, which are in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2011 Census; 2013 representation[2][3]

Ethnic groups: 78.8% White, 5.0% Aboriginal, 4.7% Chinese, 3.5% West Asian, 2.2% South Asian, 1.5% Filipino, 1.2% Japanese, 1.0% Korean
Languages: 79.1% English, 3.5% Persian, 3.5% Chinese, 2.5% French, 2.1% German, 1.1% Punjabi, 1.0% Korean
Religions: 42.4% Christian (13.3% Catholic, 8.6% Anglican, 6.8% United Church, 1.6% Baptist, 1.5% Lutheran, 1.1% Presbyterian, 9.5% Other), 3.3% Muslim, 1.3% Buddhist, 1.0% Jewish, 1.0% Sikh, 49.3% No religion
Median income (2010): $32,478
Average income (2010): $57,554

History[edit]

The electoral district was created as "West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast" in 1996 from parts of Capilano—Howe Sound and North Island—Powell River ridings.

In 2003, it was renamed "West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country". At 48 characters, this is the current longest riding name in Canada.

The riding or electoral district is also the first to have been represented in Parliament by a member of the Green Party, Blair Wilson. Elected as part of the Liberal party, he crossed the floor later in his career to become a member of the Green Party representing West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country. However, this came immediately before the 2008 federal election, in which he was defeated, and he never had the opportunity to sit in the House as a Green MP.

The 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution concluded that the electoral boundaries of West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country should be adjusted, and a modified electoral district of the same name will be contested in future elections.[4] The redefined West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country:

These new boundaries were legally defined in the 2013 representation order, which came into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast
Riding created from Capilano—Howe Sound and North Island—Powell River
36th  1997–2000     John Reynolds Reform
 2000–2000     Alliance
37th  2000–2003
 2003–2004     Conservative
West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
38th  2004–2006     John Reynolds Conservative
39th  2006–2007     Blair Wilson Liberal
 2007–2008     Independent
 2008–2008     Green
40th  2008–2011     John Weston Conservative
41st  2011–2015
42nd  2015–Present     Pamela Goldsmith-Jones Liberal

Current Member of Parliament[edit]

Former mayor of West Vancouver Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, was elected on October 19, 2015 through her defeat of the conservative candidate John Weston. She is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. She attended the University of British Columbia and she studied political science. After declining not to run for a third term as mayor of West Vancouver, she attended the Beedie school of business. After receiving her executive MBA at Simon Fraser University, she went on to seek the nomination for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, she received the nomination in June 2014.

Former Members of Parliament[edit]

The first Member of Parliament to represent the riding was John Reynolds, a former sales and marketing consultant. He was first elected in the 1997 election. He was a member of the Reform Party, and its successors the Canadian Alliance and the Conservative Party. He served as a member on the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. Reynolds did not run in the 2006 general election.

Liberal Blair Wilson was elected in the 2006 federal election. Wilson, a chartered accountant and a former restaurant owner,[6] was the first Liberal MP for the historically Conservative riding. He lost to former MP John Reynolds in the 2004 federal election. Wilson resigned from caucus in October 2007 after allegations of improper campaign spending and failure to mention several legal and financial troubles during three nomination vetting processes.[7] He remained a Liberal but not in caucus. In January 2008, Wilson became an Independent. He then joined the Green Party on August 30, 2008, becoming its first MP. Running under the Green banner in the election called only days later, he was defeated by Conservative John Weston. John Weston was defeated by Pamela Goldsmith-Jones on October 19, 2015.

Election results[edit]

West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Pamela Goldsmith-Jones 36,300 54.62 +30.81
Conservative John Weston 17,411 26.20 -19.59
New Democratic Larry Koopman 6,554 9.86 -11.61
Green Ken Melamed 5,907 8.89 +1.26
Marijuana Robin Kehler 180 0.27
Marxist–Leninist Carol-Lee Chapman 106 0.16
Total valid votes/Expense limit 66,458 100.00   $237,680.75
Total rejected ballots 173 0.26
Turnout 66,631 74.48
Eligible voters 89,459
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +25.20
Source: Elections Canada[8][9][10]
2011 federal election redistributed results[11]
Party Vote  %
  Conservative 23,840 45.79
  Liberal 12,395 23.81
  New Democratic 11,177 21.47
  Green 3,971 7.63
  Others 680 1.31
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative John Weston 28,614 45.53 +0.96
New Democratic Terry Platt 14,828 23.59 +9.16
Liberal Daniel Veniez 14,123 22.47 -4.10
Green Brennan Wauters 4,436 7.06 -7.37
Progressive Canadian Roger Lagassé 293 0.47
Libertarian Tunya Audain 250 0.40
Western Block Allan Holt 156 0.25
Marxist–Leninist Carol Lee Chapman 87 0.14
Canadian Action Doug Hartt 64 0.10
Total valid votes 62,851 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 221 0.35 +0.01
Turnout 63,072 64.17 -0.28
Eligible voters 98,293
Conservative hold Swing -4.10
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative John Weston 26,949 44.57 +8.60 $94,785
Liberal Ian Sutherland 16,069 26.57 -10.93 $74,135
New Democratic Bill Forst 8,728 14.43 -5.63 $18,762
Green Blair Wilson 8,723 14.43 +8.20 $95,067
Total valid votes/Expense limit 60,469 100.0     $100,350
Total rejected ballots 208 0.34 +0.12
Turnout 60,677 64.45 -4.10
Conservative gain from Green Swing +9.76
Green candidate Blair Wilson lost 23.07 percentage points from his 2006 performance as a Liberal.
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Blair Wilson 23,867 37.50 +4.99 $82,304
Conservative John Weston 22,881 35.97 +0.68 $86,639
New Democratic Judith Wilson 12,766 20.06 -1.66 $50,621
Green Silvaine Zimmermann 3,966 6.23 -3.49 $3,532
Marxist–Leninist Anne Jamieson 155 0.22 +0.02 $0
Total valid votes 63,635 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 144 0.23 ±0
Turnout 63,779
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.84
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative John Reynolds 21,372 35.29 -22.04 $81,933
Liberal Blair Wilson 19,685 32.51 +5.91 $81,023
New Democratic Nicholas Simons 13,156 21.72 +15.43 $29,779
Green Andrea Goldsmith 5,887 9.72 +4.83 $28,167
Canadian Action Marc Bombois 321 0.53 -1.30 $117
Marxist–Leninist Anne Jamieson 123 0.20
Total valid votes 60,544 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 139 0.23 -0.06
Turnout 60,683 66.00 +2.81
Conservative notional hold Swing -13.98
Conservative change is from the combination of Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance vote.

West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Alliance John Reynolds 25,546 47.96 +7.91 $65,492
Liberal Ian McKay 14,169 26.60 -7.92 $60,517
Progressive Conservative Kate Manvell 4,993 9.37 +1.01 $5,777
New Democratic Telis Savvaidis 3,351 6.29 -5.64 $9,069
Green Jane Bishop 2,605 4.89 +0.27 $3,816
Marijuana Dana Larsen 1,618 3.03
Canadian Action Marc Bombois 976 1.83 $3,227
Total valid votes 53,258 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 155 0.29 -0.11
Turnout 53,413 63.81 -2.99
Alliance hold Swing +7.92
Canadian Alliance change is based on the Reform Party vote.
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Reform John Reynolds 20,092 40.05 $62,107
Liberal Phil Boname 17,318 34.52 $62,278
New Democratic Clark Banks 5,988 11.93 $9,548
Progressive Conservative Dave Thomas 4,194 8.36 $36,317
Green Lisa Barrett 2,318 4.62 $935
Natural Law David Grayson 254 0.50
Total valid votes 50,164 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 199 0.40
Turnout 50,363 66.80
This riding was created from parts of Capilano—Howe Sound and North Island—Powell River, both of which elected Reform candidates in the last election. John Reynolds was the incumbent from North Island—Powell River.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]