2005 Candidates (as received from Elections B.C.):
- Norm Macdonald, New Democratic Party of B.C.
- Wendy McMahon, BC Liberal Party
- Andy Shadrack, Green Party of BC
This sizable riding in southeastern B.C. runs along the spine of the Rockies, paralleling the Alberta border from south of Fort Steele to north of Mica Creek. Revelstoke and Columbia are here, as are Invermere, Golden and Kimberley, a former lead-zinc-silver mining centre. Overall, the riding's economy is based on forestry, saw mills, mining, some agriculture, and tourism associated with parks, skiing and hot springs. The average family income is $59,906 – somewhat below the provincial norm – while unemployment is an above-average 9.8 per cent. Immigrants make up just 10 per cent of the population; visible minorities a miniscule 2 per cent.
The incumbent in Columbia River-Revelstoke is Liberal Wendy McMahon, the minister of state for women's and seniors' services. She gained office in 2001, unseating Jim Doyle of the NDP by more than 3,000 votes. Doyle was a two-term incumbent at the time; his 1996 win was over Wendy's husband, Brian McMahon, while in 1991 he gained office by knocking off incumbent Duane Crandall of the Social Credit Party. Preceding Crandall was fellow Socred James Chabot, who served here from 1963-86.
In 2001, voter turnout in Columbia River-Revelstoke was 72.0 per cent – somewhat above the provincial average.