The riding is considered a safe seat for the NDP.
A version of the district has sent an NDP MLA to Victoria in every election since 1972, with the exception of the 2001 BC Liberal sweep of the province.
Conroy, the riding’s incumbent, has held the seat since 2005, and has more than doubled her closest opponent’s vote share in four consecutive elections.
Kootenay West is comprised of Slocan Lake, the Arrow Lakes, Trout Lake, and the Trail-Rossland-Castlegar triangle of cities in the south of the riding. Other major towns include New Denver and Nakusp.
- BC NDP: Katrine Conroy
- BC Liberal: Corbin Kelley
- BC Greens: Andrew Duncan
- BC Conservatives: Glen Byle
- Independent: Fletcher Quince
- Independent: Ed Varney
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This riding has voted NDP in 10 of the last 11 elections, often by large margins.
Conroy defeated her BC Liberal opponent by 35.27 per cent of the vote in 2017. Only seven of B.C.’s 87 ridings saw the winner claim a larger margin of victory in 2017. It was the fourth-largest margin of victory for a BC NDP candidate.
2017 election results
- BC NDP: Katrine Conroy — 11,297 votes (59.64%)
- BC Liberal: Jim Postnikoff — 4,617 cotes (24.37%)
- BC Greens: Sam Troy — 3,029 votes (15.99%)
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots were requested across B.C. this election. As mail-in ballots cannot be counted until after election night, these results are not final.