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Decision BC: Vancouver-Quilchena

Decision BC: Vancouver-Quilchena - image

In 2009: Longtime Liberal cabinet minister Colin Hansen crushed NDP candidate James Young by over 11000 votes, 70-21%.

History & Geography: Created in 1991 from the Vancouver-Point Grey riding, Quilchena spans all of Vancouver south of 16th Avenue and west of Granville until 57th Avenue, and West Boulevard south of that. The riding has never elected an NDP candidate, with Colin Hansen having won majorities of over 10000 votes in the four elections he contested from 1996 to 2009.

Basic Stats:

  • Population: 56440 (28th)

  • Size: 21.5 km (67th)

  • Density: 21.5 people/km (19th)

Candidates

Liberals-Andrew Wilkinson: A lawyer, Wilkinson is the former president of the BC Civil Liberties Association, BC Liberal Party, and BC Mountaineering Club. A Rhodes Scholar, Wilkinson has a medical degree from Alberta and law degrees from Oxford and Dalhousie. He has been a deputy minister for both Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations.

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NDP-Nicholas Scapillati: An environmentalist, Scapillati executive director of FarmFolk CityFolk, a local advocacy group for sustainable food. He has also spent over a decade working for the David Suzuki Foundation on various campaigns. Scapillati has also worked with the Musqueam First Nation on environmental issues, and owned a home decorating business.

Greens-Damian Kettlewell: A businessman, Kettlewell is the president of JAK Group, which owns a variety of liquor stores and pubs in Metro Vancouver. The past chair of the Rivershed Society of BC, Kettlewell ran for the Green Party in the last two provincial elections, finishing in third place both times. He has an MBA from Royal Roads university.

Conservatives-Bill Clarke: A retired accountant, Clarke was the Conservative MP for Vancouver-Quadra from 1972 to 1984, when he lost to Prime Minister John Turner.

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