Kelowna West

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Kelowna West
British Columbia electoral district
BC 2015 Kelowna West.png
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of British Columbia
MLA
 
 
 
Ben Stewart
Liberal
District created2008
First contested2009
Last contested2020
Demographics
Population (2006)51,958
Electors (2013)44,830
Area (km²)1,139.78
Pop. density (per km²)45.6
Census division(s)Regional District of Central Okanagan
Census subdivision(s)Central 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 2009 general election. The riding was created out of parts of Okanagan-Westside, Kelowna-Lake Country and Kelowna-Mission. It was renamed 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 the city of West Kelowna, 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.[3]

Members of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

Assembly Years Member Party
Westside-Kelowna
39th 2009–2013 Ben Stewart Liberal
40th 2013
2013–2017 Christy Clark
Kelowna West
41st 2017 Christy Clark Liberal
2018 – August 2019 Ben Stewart
August–October 2019[4] Independent
October 2019 – 2020 Liberal
42nd November 2020–present

Electoral history[edit]

Kelowna West[edit]

2020 British Columbia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Ben Stewart 12,991 49.89 −6.39
New Democratic Spring Hawes 8,854 34.00 +10.49
Green Peter Truch 3,274 12.57 −0.10
Libertarian Matt Badura 474 1.82 +1.01
Independent Magee Mitchell 446 1.71
Total valid votes 26,039 100.00
Total rejected ballots    
Turnout    
Registered voters
Source: Elections BC[5]


British Columbia provincial by-election, February 14, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Ben Stewart 8,406 56.28 −2.77 $87,790
New Democratic Shelley Cook 3,511 23.51 −1.63 $49,337
Green Robert Stupka 1,893 12.67 −1.00 $54,984
Conservative Mark Thompson 1,006 6.73 $6,419
Libertarian Kyle Michael Ernest Geronazzo 121 0.81 $250
Total valid votes 14,937 100.00
Total rejected ballots 35 0.23 +0.07
Turnout 14,972 31.55 −9.29
Registered voters 47,461
Liberal hold Swing −0.57
Source: Elections BC[6]
2017 British Columbia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Christy Clark 15,674 58.98 +0.98 $80,880
New Democratic Shelley Cook 6,712 25.25 −5.71 $26,274
Green Robert Mellalieu 3,628 13.65 $1,399
Independent Brian Thiesen 570 2.14 $2,045
Total valid votes 26,584 100.0
Total rejected ballots 128 0.48 +0.32
Turnout 26,712 55.46 +14.62
Registered voters 48,162
Liberal hold Swing +3.34
Source: Elections BC[7]

Westside-Kelowna[edit]

British Columbia provincial by-election, July 10, 2013: Westside-Kelowna
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Christy Clark 11,758 62.66 +4.58 $56,758
New Democratic Carole Gordon 5,563 29.64 −1.20 $38,827
Conservative Sean Upshaw 1,115 5.94 −5.14 $9,755
Independent Dayleen Van Ryswyk 134 0.71 $373
Independent John Marks 74 0.39 $250
Independent Silverado Brooks Socrates 46 0.25 $250
Vision JB Bhandari 45 0.24 $2,261
Independent Korry Zepik 31 0.17 $440
Total valid votes 18,766 100.00
Total rejected ballots 31 0.16 −0.80
Turnout 18,797 40.84 −6.68
Registered voters 46,021
Liberal hold Swing +2.89
Source: Elections BC[8][9]
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 21,361 100.00
Total rejected ballots 209 0.97 +0.42
Turnout 21,570 47.52 +0.15
Registered voters 45,389
Liberal hold Swing +1.55
Source: Elections BC[10]
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
Registerd voters 41,155

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ "Kelowna West Electoral District" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  4. ^ "BC Liberal MLA Ben Stewart returning to caucus after being cleared by Elections BC". Global News. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  5. ^ "2020 Provincial General Election Final Voting Results". electionsbcenr.blob.core.windows.net. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  6. ^ "Report of the Chief Electoral Officer: 2018 Kelowna West By-election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Statement of Votes – 41st Provincial General Election – May 9, 2017" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "2013 Westside-Kelowna by-election - Statement of Votes" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  9. ^ "FRPC". contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  10. ^ "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