Kelowna West

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Kelowna West
British Columbia electoral district
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Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of British Columbia
MLA
 
 
 
Ben Stewart
Independent
District created2008
First contested2009
Last contested2018
Demographics
Population (2006)51,958
Electors (2013)44,830
Area (km²)1,139.78
Pop. density (per km²)45.6
Census divisionsRegional District of Central Okanagan
Census subdivisionsCentral Okanagan J, Kelowna, Tsinstikeptum 9, Tsinstikeptum 10, West Kelowna

Kelowna West, formerly Westside-Kelowna, is a provincial electoral district in British Columbia, Canada established by the Electoral Districts Act, 2008. It was first contested in the ensuing election. The riding was created out of parts of Okanagan-Westside, Kelowna-Lake Country and Kelowna-Mission. It was renamed to Kelowna West in the 2015 electoral redistribution with only minor boundary changes.

Just weeks after the 2013 British Columbia election, newly re-elected MLA Ben Stewart resigned to allow Premier Christy Clark, who had lost her own seat, to run in a by-election.[1]

Clark resigned the seat and leadership of the BC Liberals effective August 4, 2017 after losing a confidence vote. A by-election for the seat was held on February 14, 2018.[2]

Geography[edit]

The riding contains all of the Regional District of Central Okanagan west of Lake Okanagan and north of Peachland and the central part of the city of Kelowna.

Members of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

  1. Ben Stewart, Liberal (2009–2013)[1]
  2. Christy Clark, Liberal (2013–Aug 4, 2017)
  3. Ben Stewart, Liberal (February 14, 2018–August 1, 2018); Independent (August 1, 2019–present)

Electoral history[edit]

British Columbia provincial by-election, February 14, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ben Stewart 8,406 56.28 -2.77
New Democratic Shelley Cook 3,511 23.51 -1.63
Green Robert Stupka 1,893 12.66 -1.00
Conservative Mark Thompson 1,006 6.73 N/A
Libertarian Kyle Michael Ernest Geronazzo 121 0.81 N/A
Total valid votes 14,937
Total rejected ballots -
Turnout
Eligible voters
Liberal hold Swing -0.57
2017 British Columbia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Christy Clark 15,674 59.05 +0.98
New Democratic Shelley Cook 6,672 25.14 -5.71
Green Robert Mellalieu 3,628 13.67
Independent Brian Thiesen 570 2.15
Total valid votes 26,544 99.56
Total rejected ballots 117 0.44
Turnout 26,661
Liberal hold Swing +3.34
Source: Elections BC[3]


British Columbia provincial by-election, July 10, 2013: Westside-Kelowna
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Christy Clark 11,758 62.66 +4.58
New Democratic Carole Gordon 5,563 29.64 -1.20
Conservative Sean Upshaw 1,115 5.94 -5.14
Independent Dayleen Van Ryswyk 134 0.71
Independent John Marks 74 0.39
Independent Silverado Brooks Socrates 46 0.25
Vision JB Bhandari 45 0.24
Independent Korry Zepik 31 0.17
Total valid votes 18,766 99.84
Total rejected ballots 31 0.16 -0.80
Turnout 18,797 40.84 -6.68
Eligible voters 46,021
Liberal hold Swing +2.89
2013 British Columbia general election: Westside-Kelowna
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Ben Stewart 12,405 58.07 +4.75 $74,230
New Democratic Carole Gordon 6,588 30.84 +1.66 $37,807
Conservative Brian Guillou 2,368 11.09 -1.94 $4,295
Total valid votes 21,361 99.03
Total rejected ballots 209 0.97 +0.42
Turnout 21,570 47.52 +0.15
Eligible voters 45,389
Liberal hold Swing +1.55
Source: Elections BC[4]
2009 British Columbia general election: Westside-Kelowna
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Ben Stewart 10,334 53.33 $95,251
New Democratic Tish Lakes 5,656 29.19 $26,122
Conservative Peter Neville 1,772 9.14 $9,705
Green Robin McKim 1,617 8.34 $1,075
Total valid votes 19,379 99.45
Total rejected ballots 107 0.55
Turnout 19,486 47.35
Eligible voters 41,155

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ben Stewart steps aside in Kelowna for B.C. Premier Christy Clark". Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ http://elections.bc.ca/voting/klw-byelection
  3. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 8 Jan 2018.
  4. ^ "Statement of Votes - 40th Provincial General Election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Preceded by
Vancouver-Point Grey
Constituency represented by the Premier of British Columbia
2013–2017
Succeeded by
Langford-Juan de Fuca