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Decision BC: West Vancouver Sea to Sky

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In 2009: Liberal incumbent Joan McIntyre defeated Green Party candidate Jim Stephenson by over 6000 votes, 55-22%.

History & Geography: Created in 1966 as West Vancouver-Howe Sound, the riding consists of West Vancouver west of 28th street, Bowen Island, and all the towns along the Seak to Sky highway from Lions Bay to Pemberton. The Liberals and Social Credit parties have won this riding in every election since its creation, but the Green Party has finished second here the last three elections.

Basic Stats:

  • Population: 52575 (52nd)

  • Size: 9642 km (22nd)

  • Density: 5.5 people/km (64th)

Odds and Ends: Last election Hornby Island was home to the Green Party’s strongest polling station—their candidate received 85 votes, compared to 62 for the Liberal candidate and 37 for the NDP.

Candidates

Liberals-Jordan Sturdy: The Mayor of Pemberton, Sturdy was first elected in 2005. He is also president of the Whistler Farmer’s Market Society, a director of the Fraser Basin Council, and the Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District Director. He is the owner of North Arm Farm, an organic farm in Pemberton that also has a bakery and commercial kitchen.

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NDP-Ana Santos: An environmental activist, Santos is the former coordinator of the Squamish Climate Action Network, and is a former member of the city’s chamber of commerce. A freelance writer, Santos writes a monthly column on environmental issues for the Squamish Chief newspaper.

Conservatives-Ian McLeod: An employee of BC Liquor, McLeod began his career interning for Republican congressman Frank Riggs in the 1990s.

Greens-Richard Warrington: A teacher in Denmark for many years, Warrington now lives in Horshoe Bay.

Independent-Jon Johnson: Johnson is vice-president of Clairmon Camera Film & Digital’s Vancouver office.

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