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Decision BC: North Vancouver-Lonsdale

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In 2009: Liberal Naomi Yamamoto won in her first election, defeating the NDP’s Janice Harris by over 2500 votes, 49-37%.

History & Geography: Created in 1991 to deal with population growth on the North Shore, North Vancouver-Lonsdale consists of the City of North Vancouver, along with a few blocks next to Burrard Inlet on either side. The riding went to the NDP’s David Schreck in 1991, but has gone to the Liberals every time since.

Basic Stats:

  • Population: 57090 (24th)

  • Size: 18 km (71st)

  • Density: 3171.7 people/km (15th)

Odds and Ends: 2405 people identify as single parents, the second largest number in the province.

Candidates

Liberals-Naomi Yamamoto: The Minister of State of Small Business, Yamamoto was first elected in 2009, becoming the first person of Japanese ancestry to become an MLA in British Columbia. Prior to that, she was president of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and owned Tora Design, a printing and design business.  

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NDP-Craig Keating: A city councillor since 1999, Keating is a professor with a PhD in History. He has taught at SFU and UBC, and is currently at Langara College. He is also North Vancouver’s representative on the Translink Mayor’s Council. He ran in this riding in 2005, but lost to Liberal Katherine Whittred by just under 1000 votes.

Greens-Ryan Conroy: A transit operator and line instructor, Conroy ran for the Greens last election in Vancouver-Hastings, finishing third with 10.3% of the vote.

Conservatives-Allan Molyneaux: An employee for BC Assessment for over 25 years, Molyneaux ran his own private practice before retiring last year. He volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society, and has a degree in Economics from UVic.

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